Prem Sankar’s 2017-IFFK entry ‘Randuper’ will stream on Nee Stream, Cave, Koode and Saina Play
What occurs to a person whose lover has simply ended their relationship? He lives in his automobile for 2 days, travels aimlessly, drinks and contemplates his life’s occasions. What occurs to a girl who has simply ended her relationship along with her lover? She quits her job, drinks a bit and tries arduous to recover from the man. That’s the plotline of Randuper directed by Prem Sankar. Screened on the International Competition class of the twenty second International Film Festival of Kerala in 2017, the Malayalam film finds a recent launch across OTT platforms.
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Shot in Bengaluru in 2016, the gradual, but compelling film is a tackle the man-woman relationship. It can be an try to discover the nuances of the Malayali psyche — how a Malayali views relationships in his/her homeland and out of doors, says Prem. Five years later, the film nonetheless finds resonance. The gender dynamics outdoors Kerala are significantly completely different, says Prem. “The film explores gender politics and equality in its own way. It is not just a take on relationships. I like to explore the space that relationships create for conversation. The break up is used here as a metaphor,” he provides.
A nonetheless from the film ‘Randuper’
Randuper didn’t discover a theatre launch. “For a small-budget film without big stars, it was difficult to get a theatre-release,” shares Prem. “Also, I guess, after the film was selected for IFFK and brought in positive reviews, I felt like my work as a filmmaker was done,” he says, over cellphone from Kochi.
Prem, an ad-film maker, shot Randuper for the sheer love of filmmaking. Most of the crew had different day jobs and the film was shot at night time. The rise of OTT platforms have opened new avenues for filmmakers, however the platform calls for a sure method of filmmaking, says Prem. “You have to create something that can engage the viewer right from the first shot. Unlike in a theatrewhere there is a certain discipline in watching, in the OTT scenario, there are probably a number of distractions. The challenge is to bridge this gap.”
Randuper has Bipin Basil Paulose and Santhy Balachandran within the lead roles, with Suraj Venjaramood and Alencier making quick appearances.
Produced by KS Arunkumar, the film will be streamed from July 9 on Nee Stream, Cave, Saina Play and Koode.