Abi: Since I was not too aware of many actors in
the tri-state area, I knew that I was not going to be
picky. Josukutty & Sajini were the first two actors we saw
and we liked them because we didn’t know anyone else quite
But as luck would have it, to this day I still
think that this was our biggest win so far on the show. I
cannot begin to fathom what the show would be like if we
went with another cast. I am glad we didn’t look around and
settled for what came first. What we have are all
incredible actors who are so dedicated and loyal to the
show. Sometimes being lazy will do you good.
Chung Lao: What types of reaction/feedback have you gotten
from fans of the show?
Abi: We have gotten some overwhelmingly great
responses to our show. …and then some not–so-great
responses when we post episodes late on youtube (which I
still believe is good responses) .
Chung Lao: One of the great things about what you’ve
created are the memorable characters, the chemistry they
have, and the fact that everyone can relate to a character
on the show. Whether it’s George’s “Homer Simpson-isms”, or
Appachen’s big mouth. Was that intentional, or did
Abi: Some of them are very intentional, and
others have evolved as we all put our heads together to get
a deeper understanding of these characters. Everyone on the
set draws from their own experiences and contributes to
making the situation a little funnier or a little bit more
original. What we always focused in on the set was to bring
out the truth in these characters. If we told the story in
a way that there is truth behind the comedy, people would be
able to relate to the character.
Chung Lao: What directors do you admire?
Abi: Woody Allen. Bharathan. The Coen
Brothers. Padmarajan. Quintin Tarantino. Adoor
Jeunet. Michel Gondry.
Chung Lao: What are your favorite films?
Abi: Annie Hall. Amelie. Pulp Fiction. Amaram.
Kadavu. Mathilukal. Ed Wood. Fargo.
Chung Lao: Will there be any blooper reels released?
Abi: Yes, as soon as I get a week off from doing
regular AK episodes.
Chung Lao: Describe for us, one of the funny moments in
Abi: I guess the funniest moment for me was when
Gregory arrived to the set for the first time. I had spoken
to him over the phone a couple of time and have seen his
acting skills on video, but never met him in person. When I
looked at him first, I knew that we had the guy but he was
too modern. His hair was combed in the form of a mushroom
and was all bling-blinging. I knew I had to tone him down a
bit, but where do I begin. I asked him to go get changed.
10 min later, out comes this person with his hair glued to
his scalp by gel. His Banana Republic pants pulled way over
his waste and his collar button all pinned up. I tried to
contain my laugh realizing that we had found our guy.
Chung Lao: Where do you want to take Akkara? Also, how
long do you want the series to run?
Abi: When we initially thought about the first
few episodes for AK, we never thought it would take off like
this. As of right now, I am not sure when we will end
this. I will end the production before the spark of the
show starts to deteriorate.
We all want to leave the show on a high note (or
before people “booo” us out).
Chung Lao: Where can people watch future episodes of Akkara,
and will they be available for purchase?
Abi: We will be setting up a link on akkara.tv
to buy our DVD set once its complete.
Chung Lao: When it’s all finished, what do you want the
legacy of Akkara to be?
Abi: What I am most proud about AK is the fact
that we have no production budget, only weekends to shoot, &
only three crew members to handle camera, light, boom &
script reading. Within one week we accomplish a lot and
have lots of fun through the process. There is a perfect
harmony with everyone in the team. AK is a beautiful world
for me to live in. I will be lost when we do decide to end
Chung Lao: Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.
Abi: I wanted to thank IndaPhatFarm.com for
giving us this opportunity. I am also so grateful to all
the AK supporters who have been there for us since episode
1. We hope to bring you some more great episodes in the
Lao: Appreciate it Abi. Next up on
is Ajayan Venugopalan, who is the other director of Akkara
Kazhchakal. Keep it locked!
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