Times of India
Asha Prakash | Sep 16, 2016, 12.00 AM IST
Dr Biju’s next, a ‘calm film with Buddhism as backdrop’
Dr Biju’s films have never followed a pattern, whether in subject or treatment. After ‘Perariyathavar’, which told stories of scavengers and ‘Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal’, which explored the endosulphan issue, the director has taken a U-turn for his next. The film, titled ‘Sound of Silence’, will be a “calm film, with Buddhism as the backdrop,” he says. “It will have a meditative story, centred on a boy’s evolution into a Buddhist monk. The film will be shot in Himachal Pradesh and Tibet.” It will also be the director’s first film in a language other than Malayalam; Hindi, Pahali and the local Tibetan language will be the languages spoken by the characters. The team has already left for Himachal and are shooting in a location where there are absolutely no mobile signals.
Master Govardhan, who has acted in Dr Biju’s ‘ Akashathinte Niram’, ‘Veettilekkulla Vazhi’ and ‘Perariyathavar’ will be playing the Buddhist monk in the film. “We have roped in theatre actors from Himachal and Mumbai and also a few Buddhist monks for the movie.” Meanwhile, Dr Biju is awaiting the release of his film ‘Kaadu Pookkunna Neram’, which has a Maoist suspect as the main character.