Why Jis Joy-Asif Ali combo clicked?
Anyone can direct a movie. But only a talented director can make three successful movies at a stretch. Jis Joy gives hope to the audience through the movie ‘Vijay Superum Pournamiyum’. It is the success of Jis Joy-Asif duo too. Director Jis Joy is sharing news of the movie as it continues successful screening.
“Jis Joy would not have become a director without Asif Ali. I am thankful for that. ‘Bicycle Thieves’ was the first script I have written. I had approached many actors with the script. But no one understood the story. Many of them were doubtful if a debut director like me can make a movie with so many twists. I tried a lot to hire cast for the movie. Then, I went to meet Asif Ali on the sets of ‘I Love Me’ as per the advice of producer Anto Joseph. That day, Asif had bought BMW car. There was no shoot till noon. He invited me on his new vehicle. We went to a coffee shop in the city and I narrated the story to him. He heard my story for 2 hours. As I completed narration, he promised to do the film. Our friendship began from that day. If Asif too had said no, I would have remained an ad director.
We wrapped the shooting hoping to meet for the next movie. We again united for ‘Sunday Holiday’. Asif became the hero for my third movie unexpectedly. As I completed the story, Asif was suitable for the movie because of his age. Though he had performed many lazy characters, he tried to make this different from them.”
You have said that this story was inspired by real-life incidents
Yes, the incidents that happened to the friends of Telugu director Tharun Bhaskar formed the basis of the story. He is a close friend of mine. He had made a story from that incident in a different way.
How Aishwarya Lekshmi came into your combo?
When I called Aishwarya for this movie, she was doing a big budget Malayalam movie. still, I sent her the script. She quit that movie and arrived for the shoot after two days as she liked the script. She became part of the movie without considering the remuneration. She chose it because of her love for the character.
All of your movies gave priority for songs?
Songs help to make movies centre of discussion for a long time. I always find time for good songs along with shooting. I try to include them without affecting the flow of story.
What would you like to say to audience about the new movie?
I love family movies. Audience can watch this movie from beginning to end with a smile. It will never make them tense. I have approached the movie by learning lessons from the earlier movies. The movie also has some dialogues that will stay in the minds of audience. Asif and Aishwarya have demonstrated competent acting in the movie.