I and Sachi are similar in many ways: Shane Nigam
Shane Nigam is calm when he steps into the daylight in ‘Ishq’ after the nights in Kumbalangi. The man who doesn’t use WhatsApp, talks less and leads a serene life. Shine is not overjoyed though he has become one of the favourite actors of Keralites through unique characters within a short span of time.
Does ‘Ishq, not a love story’ means that it doesn’t have romance at all?
It is the tagline of the film. But it doesn’t mean that the movie doesn’t have romance. It is not a movie which says only romance. This movie is discussing a socially relevant subject in the backdrop of love. It also presents the ego, possessiveness and sorrow that accompanies love by considering the current social scenario. For the same reason, ‘Ishq’ is not a romantic movie in its entirety.
Can you portray Sachi in ‘Ishq’
Sachidanandan or Sachi is a young IT professional living at Panampilly Nagar in Kochi. His life progresses in the familiar background in Kochi. The female lead Vasudha is a second year graduation student studying at CMS College in Kottayam. The film develops through the love of Sachi and Vasudha who gets acquainted through Facebook. It starts from a journey of this couple. The story is about the common people of Kochi. Shine Tom Chacko and Leona portrays two other prominent characters in the movie. Jaffar Idukki has also played a significant role.
It was said that you replaced Fahadh Faasil in the movie
Fahadh Faasil was first chosen as hero in ‘Ishq’. Later, he withdrew due to some reasons. Then, I came to this movie. I liked it when I heard the story. Following this, I was with the team for one year.
Is Sachi a continuation of the lover in ‘Kumbalangi Nights’?
It cannot be said that Sachi is the continuation of Bobby just because ‘Ishq’ released after 'Kumbalangi Nights'. Most of the characters I have played were elder than me. But, Sachi’s character is around 24. Me and Sachi have similarities as he is in my age group. The film begins and ends in Sachidanandan’s character. The shooting was completed in around two and a half years.
What were the preparations to become the character?
Director Anuraj had said that some changes should be made in my appearance for ‘Ishq’. I have worn dental braces and got clean shaved to do justice to the innocent face of the character. I have tried my best to act by internalizing the character. Sachi is so scared of life. But, he considered himself a hero when he overcame a situation which he never thought he would. I have endeavoured to internalize the mind and body of the character.
Which are your new projects?
My next release will be ‘Valiya Perunnal’ direcyed by Anwar Rasheed. ‘Olu’ and ‘Veyil’ are on the line. Now, I am acting in a movie directed by Jeevan. I believe that destiny leads us to each movie. I do every film praying that it comes out well.