Santhosh’s song in ‘Kaaval’ a hit: Thanks to Suresh Gopi
Kazhakkoottam: The dream of Santhosh to become a singer was fulfilled by Suresh Gopi through the upcoming Malayalam movie ‘Kaaval’. It was at a programme in a TV channel, Suresh Gopi came to know about Santhosh whose legs were paralysed due to polio. The actor offered a chance for Santhosh in his next movie after hearing the story from his wife Sangeetha who participated in the programme. Santhosh is on cloud nine as Suresh Gopi fulfilled his promise within months.
Suresh Gopi suggested Santhosh to director Nithin Renji Panicker who set aside a song in the movie ‘Kaaval’ for Santhosh. The song was recently released on YouTube and it went viral. Ranjan Raj rendered music for the song written by BK Harinarayanan.
Palode native AS Santhosh is son of K Appu and Saroja. He was affected by polio at the age of 2 and has calipers from waist to the foot of both legs. He walks with the aid of crutches.
Santhosh is a B Tech graduate and runs an IT institution near the Technopark. In 2015, he married Pala native Sangeetha who is a teacher at a private higher secondary school. Sangeetha decided to marry Santhosh realising his interest in music. It was only after this she came to know that Santhosh is a differently abled person. Though many of the relatives were at odds on her marriage with Santhosh, Sangeetha and her family proceeded with the proposal.
Santhosh had won the ‘Kalaprathibha’ titles at the district level youth festivals of 1992-94. He has sung in many musical concerts and albums. The couple hopes to get more chance in films after the release of the song in ‘Kaaval’.