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‘Star’less Road Movie Of Debutante Director Denied Screens

Kochi: Haseena Suneer’s directorial debut ‘Prakashante Metro’ failed to reach the silver screen, since even theatres, which had promised to exhibit it, backed out on account of it lacking the ‘star’ component. Initially, when distributors had abandoned the movie, produced by Synu B Nazeer took on this responsibility. Of the 75 theatres tied up, not even 35 are willing to screen it. The debutante tearfully says that certain movie halls curtailed the screenings and some cavalierly changed the timings. When friends commented on the lack of posters, her husband, Suneer V, and a few friends helped her paste these till two the morning. However, actors Parvati and Aju Varghese have complimented her. The homemaker from Nooranand, Kollam, came to filmdom totally unexpectedly, with only a short film, Sense {2017}, to her credit till date. In fact, the first set that she saw was her own. The film is based on a true incident narrated by a woman, whom Haseena met during a trip. A 23-year-old woman girl from Kasaragod, who comes to Kochi in search of a 26-year-old man, meets the hero, Prakashan, an unscrupulous auto driver. The story unfolds through him laced with humour. The low-budget road movie on the Vytilla to Aluva stretch extended to 53 days from the originally planned 25-day shoot. Traffic police were particularly helpful. Hailing from an orthodox family, the mother of two boys faced many challenges, including negativity on her Fb page. Besides Dinesh Prabhakar and Anagha Janaki who play the lead, Saju Navodaya, Kottayam Pradeep, Noby Marcose and Manoj Guinness are also in the cast. Screenplay is by Mithran and music by Rahul Subramanian. Dinesh says that Haseena was absolutely sincere in her efforts, and laments that unfortunately it was being denied an audience.