They’ve been friends for a long time. Straight from school. And when both went to the cinema, the friendship only strengthened. This is the friendship story of Nivin Pauly and Aju Varghese. But it’s also true that there was a small crack between them at one point. It was when Nivin Pauly was late for filming Love Action Drama, a film co-produced by Aju Varghese. Aju didn’t bother to hide his displeasure. But Aju is quick to add that it only took one phone call for the crack to go away. And he really doesn’t think you can really call that an argument. Nivin Pauly and Aju Varghese share their friendship story with Manorama with “Saturday Night” directed by Rosshan Andrews, currently running to full houses.
So who took the initiative to bury the hatchet?
Aju: Who else but Nivin will do that? He’s more mature than me. He was playing in Kayamkulam Kochunni at the time. And Nivin didn’t have the looks or the body required for a colorful film like Love Action Drama. I think Nivin was right at the time. Finding a solution to my problem was out of his control. What is friendship without a fight? Sometimes such cases occur when your friends get hurt by your actions.
Nivin: Little fights like that are common among friends. The beauty is to figure it out between ourselves and find a solution to it. That is the strength of friendship.
With “Saturday Night” you are back with another friendship film…
Nivin: We both started our careers with a film about friendship (“Malarvadi Arts Club”). It took us 12 years to reunite in a film about friendship. “Saturday Night” isn’t just about fun and laughter, it’s also about the pain of separation, heartbreak and reunions.
Aju: I am someone who came to cinema through the power of friendship and continues to survive in cinema through the power of friendship. I think friendships are forever, they will last until your last breath. “Saturday Night” tells about this kind of friendship. A colorful film! Nivin has a fake affectation and there’s humor in that too. And the audience loves to see it. After ‘LAD’, the audience can see such a Nivin in this film.
Tell us more about the characters of Saturday Night…
Nivin: I play a character named Stanley who will do anything for friends. The film tells the story of four friends and their eventful journey. The film places great emphasis on emotions.
Aju: I play this character called Poocha Sunil. I’m that guy you see in every gang, gluing them all together. This is Poocha.
Aju is very adept at public relations. Nivin, would you like to take notes of him?
Aju: Says who? He has connections from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Nivin: I think things like that are very personal. Some like it. But I’m somewhat of an introvert by nature. Since I want my films to reach the widest possible audience, I actively promote them. Otherwise, I like being out of the limelight and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I always think that for my next film I will draw my energy from my previous one.
Aju is on a signing tour while Nivin turns down many projects. are you very picky
Nivin: I’m only happy when I’m working on projects that really excite me. I haven’t decided on my next film yet. I only make a film when it appeals to me.
Aju: I know that personally. After Thattathin Marayathu, Nivin was inundated with offers. I remember Nivin saying he only wanted to make memorable films. Films that will stand the test of time and give him great pleasure when he revisits them. Then he had only a small amount in bank balance. I’ve also reduced the number of films in the recent past. I think people are becoming more aware of cinema than ever before. I think we have to show a bit more responsibility towards the audience now.