In the past, only those with access to expensive equipment and business connections were able to make films. However, with the advent of modern technology, anyone can aspire to become a filmmaker.
Although the Malaysian film industry is still dominated by established studios, there are many young local talents who are making beautiful films with limited resources. Among these talents are Haran Kaveri,35, and Shobaan ,34 who have already released a theatrical film titled “Metro Malaai” in 2019. Despite depending solely on independent funds, the film received outstanding praise from both critics and audiences.
Haran and Shobaan are now releasing another film, “Simple Manusan,” which follows a 32-year-old local Indian man in search of a wife in the big city. This romantic comedy is themed around the subject of urban loneliness, and it is likely to engage audiences with its humor and deep discussions.
According to FMT, Haran and Shobaan were already making their own short films and music videos. Shobaan had thought of making a feature film but did not get the funding. Haran was ready to give up his filmmaking hobby altogether when he saw a short film by Shobaan and was impressed.
They then formed Comrade Pictures in 2017 and got down to work on their first feature film, “Metro Malaai,” via means of guerrilla filmmaking. Guerrilla filmmakers are funded by independent investors and use whatever tools they have at hand to make their films. Due to limited resources, the plot of “Metro Malaai” was kept simple, centering around only two characters. The duo explored society by talking and listening to young Malaysians. With many ideas in mind, the two plotted the storyline, which was also partially inspired by a Russian short story called “White Nights.”
Although Haran and Shobaan have their creative differences, they have a common philosophical outlook on life and how they view society. When issues about the film’s direction cropped up, they were discussed and ironed out prior to filming.“Simple Manusan” was created during the pandemic when the duo wanted to explore a different type of script, and the theme of urban loneliness kept calling to them. The film explores what modern man truly needs in life, and the filmmakers hope to shed light on the seriousness of urban loneliness, which is often overlooked.
Despite facing delays due to the pandemic, the filmmakers have no plans of putting down their cameras anytime soon. “Simple Manusan” will be released in June, and the duo hopes to continue making films that inspire and resonate with audiences. Poketplay Films will be both co-producing and distributing this highly anticipated film.
Great job guys, we are all eager for your upcoming Simple Manusan film.