The lead cast of Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum (IRIR) Harish Kalyan and Shilpa Manjunath along with director of the film Ranjith Jeyakodi drops into our office and looking casual ahead of the film’s release on March 15.
The title caught the attention of movie buffs and netizen as soon as it was announced. “That was definitely not our intention. Title is something that conveys the mood of the film. I like titles that are poetic. That is why my first film was initially titled Mellisai and then as Puriyaatha Puthir,” begins Ranjith Jeyakodi. He also tells us that he stumbled upon Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum in a Tamil novel. “IRIR was the title of one of the stories in Jayakanthan’s short stories. Though the short story and the story of my film are totally different, I found it poetic and believed that the title could justify the character outlines of my lead characters,” he adds.
This is Harish Kalyan’s second romantic film in a row after Pyaar Prema Kaadhal and he plays the character of Gautham in the film. “This story will break the chocolate boy image I have. My character of Gautham will be relatable as there is a guy like him in every gang, who is aggressive and carefree. He is arrogant and short tempered too. So, the audience will not see the typical Harish Kalyan in this film.” Shilpa after listening quietly to her co-star joins the conversation and says, “That is not how he is off camera. He is soft spoken and sweet to everyone on the sets.” Harish laughs at her remark and says, “Shilpa you don’t know me so well. I think I am more like Gautham off camera.” Harish chemistry with his heroines are always a talking point among the audience and the trailer of IRIR evoked similar discussions and their chemistry was much talked about. Shilpa instantly says, “I don’t think I would have been able to create the chemistry from my side if I had a crush on him. During the shoot, I saw Harish as my co star and friend and it has paid off well for the film.” Harish seconds her and says, “The entire film revolves around us and how they are being there for each other. I used to tell her that the chemistry has to work well in front of the camera. Only when I dubbed for the film I realised how beautiful our chemistry has reflected on screen.”
Shilpa says that she went into depression while shooting for the film as Harish and Ranjith start smiling. “I am a very happy person in general. But the film is so emotional that I had to get into the skin of the character. We shot for three nights continuously and I went into depression and broke down on the sets. It was followed by shooting difficult scenes in Leh Ladakh and most of our crew members were running short of breath,” she recollects. Ranjith opens up and says that he had to do it because the script requires it. “Also, I am an insomniac. How would I let my lead artistes sleep peacefully? Harish joins and says, “But he is a perfectionist and organises things well ahead of the shoot. He told his team members that nobody should smoke on the sets or yell abuses at one another.” On a concluding note, they say that the film’s target audience is youngsters and will have the elements that they look for in a movie.