“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. When 49th Kerala State Film Awards awards were announced, everyone just recalled those words from the great Pele. When Jayasurya, Soubin Shahir & Joju George bagged the state award, Pele’s statement was proved right.
These 3 names are very familiar to Malayalam Audience now. But when they started their journey, that was not the case. Even before they became famous as now, they were junior artists, Soubin and Joju were assistant directors. Sometimes being one beaten up by the hero or as one among many in a crowd, they were there on the screen. We didn’t notice. When directors and producers denied them in the name of the business, they didn’t give up. When actresses were not ready to be their pair, they didn’t give up. But, constantly worked for their dream and developed inch by inch.
They slowly came to the limelight. As Marykutty, Sathyan, Majeed and Joseph, they literally made 2018 a special year for Malayalam Cinema.
How many of you remember Jayasurya in Dileep’s movie titled Dosth, being beaten up by the actor and with blood on his mouth? Similarly, If you google about Soubin Shahir, you would see pictures of him in the set of Anwar or other movies, where he was doing the role of assistant director. You can even see him in side roles or as junior artists, as of in Iyobinte Pustakam. And Finally Joju. In 1995, He made his acting debut through Mazhavilkoodaram as a Junior Artist. He did so many small roles like one in Dada Sahib, Pattalam etc. Struggles were similar in all the three.
Today these guys are literally a ‘big figure’ in Malayalam. Since the last few years, Jayasurya is a major competitor in the category of Best Actor. He deserves to win this best actor award a long time back. Whether it be Su Su Sudhivathmeekam or Apothecary, he really deserved to be the best actor that time, especially when we look at the characters who won it that time.
Portraying Joseph in three stages, and doing extremely well as the old drunkard one, Joju literally made a mark as a lead Actor. As a result of his performance, he got the luck to play as the male lead in Joshiy’s next movie. No, Joshiy got the luck to have him as the hero. Joju as Joseph were class.
Soubin is literally a different level actor now. We can literally call him as one of the best in the business right now. When he started his career, everyone said he can do only some typical roles and his style of comedy, dialogue delivery etc.. will be surfeited. But today, he is ruling the Malayalam industry with his mannerism. He can do any type of roles, whether be positive or negative. He will be definitely there in next year’s competition as well for his new movie, Kumbalangi Nights. On one side ,Success of Kumbalangi, and on another side, Kerala State Best Actor Award. Soubin is having his best time. Keep going. Grow yourself as an actor as well as a director.
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, and learning from failures. They were not ready to give up and today they have achieved, what they really deserve.