Dhyan Sreenivasan is out of comfort zone
Dhyan Sreenivasan has never had it tough as an actor. His first two ventures — Thira and Kunjiramayanam — were helmed by his elder brother Vineeth and friend Basil Joseph, respectively. So far, movies were thus an easy experience for the young actor, who is taking baby steps into the industry.
The actor, though, clarifies that working with familiar teams doesn’t mean that he’s taking it easy. “The character I did in Kunjiramayanam was a complete overhaul of the one in Thira. It was a challenge for me and that prompted me to take up the project. I want to be part of movies that I would love to watch in a theatre.”
On his criteria for choosing roles, he says, “First I check the screenplay — who writes it, how it’s written and if it would make for a commercially viable movie. As actors and filmmakers, the stress should be on choosing subjects that would be commercially successful, because, as the saying goes, ‘at the end of the day, we need cinema; it doesn’t need us’. Secondly, the role should excite me.” Much like his father Sreenivasan and elder brother Vineeth, Dhyan too will venture into direction next year, with a movie scripted by Kunjiramayanam scribe Deepu Pradeep.
Ask him if his dad, who has written and directed several classics including Vadakku Nokki Yanthram and Chintavishtayaya Shyamala, shares his opinions on contemporary films and Dhyan says, “He doesn’t; so I don’t really know his take on the movies. There are films released now that his generation wouldn’t have liked but have gone on to become super hits. It all depends on the tastes of the audience, which keep changing with time.”
Dhyan tells us that he considers himself lucky to be part of the industry now. “Films belonging to several genres are now being released in Mollywood, which is proof that the industry is evolving.”
His next release Adi Kapyare Kootamani is centred on three friends Bhanu, Bruno and Remo played by Dhyan, Aju Varghese and Neeraj Madhav, respectively. “It’s a story that unravels in a boys’ hostel in a span of three days. It’s a fun movie that will showcase life and activities in a hostel,” he says.
Did it offer a different experience compared to his first two films? “It’s not a totally different team as my co-stars Aju and Neeraj are close friends and I know most of the crew. I was very much at ease working with them and have not really ventured out of my comfort zone yet. Maybe I will do that with my next,” he says.