Shane Nigam on ‘Bermuda’, out July 29, and ‘Evideyo’, a short film he directed

Shane Nigam’s strength is his ability to keep it real. In a short time, the 26-year-old actor has proven himself as a gifted actor, regardless of the genre of the film or against comedians and young Turks in the Malayalam film industry.

His next film appearance is Indugopan in TK Rajeev Kumar Bermuda. Calling it a complete artist, Shane says it’s not realistic but is an “artistic, abstract film” that reflects today’s world.

“Indugopan and the characters of Bermuda symbolize the heart of today’s generation, its traumas, fears and hopes. He’s someone who’s trapped in a certain emotional state,” Shane explains over the phone from Palakkad, where he’s shooting for debutant Syam Sasi’s film. Vela with Sunny Wayne and Sidharth Bharathan.

He says look Bermuda understand why Indugopan is in a certain state of mind. ” Bermuda delineates how society sees it; it’s about how society approaches his mindset. The reasons for my character’s behavior are to be found in his past,” he explains.

Shane Nigam and Vinay Forrt in a photo by TK Rajeev Kumar Bermuda
| Photo credit: special arrangement

The story revolves around a strange complaint filed by Indugopan in a police station where Joshua (Vinay Forrt), a footballer turned policeman, works. “The complaint advances the story. Bermuda is a commentary on today’s world, but it’s never preachy or didactic,” says Shane.

The cast of Bermuda includes Saiju Kurup, Maniyan Pillai Raju, Sudheer Karamana, Nandu, Indrans, Niranjana Anoop and Gauri Nanda among others.

There is a misconception that Shane is the enfant terrible of the Malayalam film industry. Much has been written and discussed about his run-ins with a producer and a director. Still, no one would deny that he’s an actor who delivers in all of his roles, regardless of film genre.

After a turbulent period, Shane resumes the course. He says it was his lack of knowledge of the nature of the film industry and his age that put him in a difficult situation, referring to when the Kerala Film Producers Association wanted to ban the up-and-coming actor for quitting. a film alleging “harassment” and changing her look during filming.

Shane feels that being a newcomer to the industry put him at a disadvantage. “There are certain rules and regulations in every area. If a newcomer questions these regulations, it becomes a problem. I believe these experiences will help me grow as an actor and professional.

Shane made his debut as a child actor and played the lead role of Irfan in Kismath (2016). Both the film and Shane’s acting were widely appreciated. Shane has worked with some of the best actors in the Malayalam film industry.

Acknowledging that he’s been lucky enough to work with top and newcomer directors as well as current comedians and stars, Shane says working with them has been a memorable experience.

Shane Nigam and Revathy in an image from Bhootakaalam

Shane Nigam and Revathy in a photo from Bhootakaalam
| Photo credit: special arrangement

“Acting with senior actors such as Revathy Ma’m ( Boothakaalam), Manju the church and Amala Akkineni ( C/O Saira Banu) was an experience in itself. They are focused, disciplined and serious about their work. Their approach to a character is different from how an actor today would see it. It helps to learn when you work with them,” he says.

He thinks the senior actors and the current batch belong to different acting schools. “You can’t say one is wrong and the other is right. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. »

Shane Nigam and Vinay Forrt in a photo of Bermuda by TK Rajeev Kumar

Shane Nigam and Vinay Forrt in a photo by TK Rajeev Kumar Bermuda
| Photo credit: special arrangement

Shane, who has worked with notable fledgling directors such as Madhu C Narayanan ( colorful nights), B Ajith Kumar ( BlameSoubin Sahir ( stop) and veterans Shaji N Karun ( Voice) and Rajeev Ravi ( Kammatipadam), believes that the setting of a film also becomes an extension of the director’s personality. “Rajeev sir (TK Rajeev Kumar) is a friendly and informal person who has a good equation with his actors. act in Bermuda was almost like hanging out with friends. Mr. Rajeev’s set was very different from Mr. Shaji’s set. Every director’s point of view is different.

Elaborating, he says that the sets of Kumbalangi Nights, Ishq and Ullasam had a relatively young cast and crew, and so it had an informal vibe. “You have to change your mindset for each film. In a film by Rajeev Ravi, I can take my time to deliver dialogue and he won’t have a problem. But I can’t take that liberty in a movie like Ullasam.”

Does he rehearse for his characters? ” I do not do it. But after each film, I take a break to get out of the role. Before going into a movie, I take a little time to get into the character I’m going to play,” he says.

Citing the example of Vela, where he plays a young civilian police officer whose first job is to work in the control room, Shane says he had to prepare himself mentally to play the role effectively. “It’s organic. I listened to the way they were talking in the control room and practiced a bit. They speak in a particular way because every word must be clear, they convey important messages.

He will soon work in a film produced by Sophia Paul and with director Priyadarsan.

Moving on to his favorite project, Shane says during lockdown he made a 26 minute short Video (Somewhere), which he scripted, edited, produced and filmed. “It’s a story that takes place during confinement and the actors are all my friends. The movie has a song and I hope to release it in two months. I wanted to prove to myself that I could make a film and that’s why I produced it with a small budget. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but I’m glad I got to do it.

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