The general trend among debutant filmmakers in Mollywood is to keep away from literary classics, simply because it poses a bigger challenge and requires one to walk the extra mile to do justice to the work. One has to go into the details, the background, the settings and what not to convey the plot perfectly well to the audience.
But it is not so with Shibu Gangadharan, who is all set to make his debut as an independent director this year. For him the challenge of working on a renowned work is something irresistible which has spurred him to explore Zacharia's novella - 'Praise the Lord' for his first outing. The movie will have Mammootty playing the lead role.
"While reading 'Praise the Lord', I realised the cinematic potentials of the plot. The village life depicted in it, the satirical elements, subtle humor and the innocence of the characters can contribute to a vibrant movie experience," says Shibu who started his career as an assistant director to Rajeev Nath in 'Janani' (1999), which was also based on Zacharia’s story.