Tovino Thomas, Basil Joseph Open Up On ‘Minnal Murali’ VFX: “We Know It’s Not A Big-Budget Movie In Comparison To DC/Marvel Superhero Movies”

Tovino Thomas, Basil Joseph discuss the superpowers that led to the origin of ‘Minal Fife’ (Photo Credits: Instagram/tovinothomas, ibasiljosef)

Malayalam superhero film Minnal Murali, which was recently released to positive response on OTT, is a special film not only for the audience but also for the film fraternity across industries.

This proves how to make an ambitious superhero film on a limited budget without compromising on the story elements or the quality of the spectacle that superhero movies usually come up with.

Minnal Murali lead actor Tovino Thomas and director Basil Joseph recently spoke with IANS on the basic idea of ​​the film, its journey, progress of the title character and the technicalities that went down to sketch the film.

In Tovino and Basil’s shared vision, Minnal Fife is a layman, he comes from people and exhibits the behavior pattern of an everyday man, says Tovino, “Minal Fife is more related to the common man. Like, what if Tovino Thomas or Basil Joseph had superpowers? We’re not going to go out to save people the very next day, we’re going to take some time to feel it and once you feel it, you’re going to enjoy it for a while.

He further added, “We will use our superpowers for the things that make us happy. But there will be a point where you will realize that ‘with more power, comes more responsibility’. Such would have been the case with Minnal Murali. So, it’s a very gradual graph of the character, his emotional transformation is also very gradual.”

Basil has a knack for thinking of music as a film, revealing his process of visualizing a film, saying: “It’s a part of my thought process. Music is something that Even in writing, I get excited when some music affects me. Therefore, I tell writers that we can imagine sequences in this mood, spacing or rhythm. Music can communicate with people more easily. Is.”

Tovino said, “So, we did a film with Godha. When he (Basil) came to narrate the script, he brought a small speaker and for each scene, he played the background score from his mobile while he narrated the script. So he had to Got that kind of musical sense.”

Elaborating on the essence of Minnal Murali’s music, Tulsi says: “If it is a quirky song, people get to know what kind of comedy or drama will be in that sequence. In the film, there is an Amit Trivedi-style song performed by Shaan Rahman and it has a folklore essence. So, if we listen to that song while writing, you will know that it is a quirky song and has some humor in it.”

Musically playing a film during production, there is better coordination among departments, as the director puts it: “Also, for technicians, actors or cinematographers, when we describe, they have to be accompanied by the art director— Along with this, you will also get the mood of the thing. , The manufacturer will also spend money accordingly. Actors will also be more comfortable with the emotion they want to communicate. So, music is a very essential part of it.”

Tulsi then comes to the germ of Minnal Murali VFX, “For VFX, we didn’t want it to look funny in the film and we tried our level best. We know it’s not a big budget movie compared to the DC/Marvel superhero movies. After all, it is a regional film. But, by Malayalam industry standards, it is a big budget.”

Keeping track of the money spent on a film is what separates a good director from a bhogi and for Tulsi, with the power of money, comes a huge responsibility, “Producers already put so much money by trusting us are. Like, five times the secure budget of our combination in the industry (his and Tovino’s combo as director-actor). So, we have a five-fold responsibility. Instead of relying too heavily on VFX, we tried to make it as gorgeous as possible with practical effects. So, as an actor, tovino Made things possible even without using VFX. ,

Ask Tovino if the practical effects provided him with an increased sense of body mechanisms and movements and he quipped, “For this film (Minnal Fife), I had to push my limits a lot. It made me realize That’s what I’ve been able to do. While shooting, during the lockdown and post-lockdown, I got enough time to understand my body better.”

He adds: “I understood how important core strength is for an actor and how important it is to know about your body as an actor. We cannot compete with other industries in terms of budget or features But hard work is something that anyone can do, the hard work we put in is the most in any other industry that anyone can do.”

The actor summarizes his learnings from the film Minnal Murali As he says, “During this journey, we learned a lot about ourselves and also about filmmaking. We realized so many things about what we were capable of, that we could learn something new after that. Would be even more confident to try to do that one step further.”

He praises his director saying, “For Basil, his first film was ‘Kunjiramayanam’, followed by ‘Godha’ and now ‘Minnal Murali’, over the years, he has grown rapidly, he is a visionary. And I trust him. He and I think a lot is going to happen in his life.”

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