One more actor-engineer lands Malayalam cinema. Meet Malavika R. Nair of ‘Laughing Apartment in Girinagar’
A few more kilometres away from the actual Girinagar in Kochi were Malavika and her ‘family’, laughing their hearts out. ‘Laughing Apartment in Girinagar’, a movie of comedy and entertainment, has Malavika R. Nair scale up from the child artiste she was in ‘Thalappavu’ to a matured, female lead.
Paired opposite Shajohn, Malavika could learn a thing or two from an ensemble cast helmed by a seasoned director, Nissar. He is the man behind a pretty good number of laugh riots Malayalam movie industry had seen from the mid-90s to the early 2000s. ‘Three Men Army’, ‘Achan Raajaavu Appan Jethaavu’, ‘Malayala Maasam Chingam Onninu’, ‘Padanaayakan’ and ‘Auto Brothers’ to name a few.
The shooting was centred on an apartment at Vyttila in Kochi. “That was the main location we spent most of the time shooting. Both interior and exterior belonged to that apartment.” There are two more main female characters, other than Malavika, in the movie – Aswathy Menon and Manju. Ramesh Pisharody, Kottayam Nazeer and Dharmajan Bolgatty are a few other familiar faces.
“Every artiste in the team was too good in many respects. There were so many of them, each having years of experience in cinema. All of them were like new chapters to learn from,” Malavika beams.
Cinema is accompanying, taking her around and watching her grow up from the day Malavika was born. That presence is none other than dad V.R. Rajendran Nair, an experienced film distributor much popular in the film circles.
“Dad has so many years to his credit in production and acting in tele-films. So he has an up-close know-how of things.”
Malavika can’t call this her first film after ‘growing up’. Between ‘Thalappavu’ and ‘Laughing Apartment…’ was ‘Thaanam’. She played a lady lead but, the movie garnered little attention.
Malavika was too little a kid in ‘Thalappavu’ that she cannot recollect whether her character was named or not. With a smile she says: “I remember playing a granddaughter. I was in class III when the movie came and I acted,” she recollects.
Other than an actor, Malavika is a prospective engineer pursuing her graduation in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Chengannur, her hometown. More and more B.Tech grads find a safe landing option before the arc lights, it has more or less become a norm in Malayalam that we can always expect ladies with technical brilliance among our actors. Their numbers is on a steady rise in recent times.
No matter which world beckons, Malavika knows where to go and what to choose. “Acting has been a passion from my school days. That will remain as it is. Engineering is my profession,” he says.
With no direct involvement in cinema though, her mom Sandhya Rajan, a bank employee, is a strong pillar of support for the little girl smitten by the acting bug. Malavika was waiting for this movie to hit the screen first, before saying yes to any new project. Anyway, let’s hope we see her again.