Ranjith Leela – Ranjith finds his Leela in Parvathy Nambiar
Director Ranjith had been on the look-out for the lead actress for his upcoming film Leela for quite a while, as the actress is of prime importance to the story. The names of Ann Augustine and even Rima Kallingal were floating around but now Ranjith himself has put all the rumours to rest.
“Actress Parvathy Nambiar will be playing Leela in my film,” he told us exclusively. Parvathy, who has done a couple of films in Malayalam, will be taking on such a big project for the first time. So how did he zero in on the actress? “We had considered several actresses but they didn’t work out. I was impressed by Parvathy’s theatre performance and she had a face closest to what I had in mind for Leela. Also, we cannot have someone who is too conscious of their physicality,” says the director.
Leela revolves around the relationship between a mahout and an orphan girl and is based on a short story by Unni R of the same name. Mammootty was earlier said to do the title role but later on, the director announced that Biju Menon has been finalised. Besides the lead couple, Vijayaraghavan, Jagadish and Indrans would also be seen doing significant roles in the film, informs Ranjith. The director is known for taking up controversial subjects for his films and his earlier film, Palerimanikyam… was also based on a Malayalam novel. The movie shot actress Mythili to fame, with her role as a young woman who gets murdered.