Musical short ‘Om’ explores man’s connection to the elements of Nature


Singer-lyricist Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor of ‘Mukkathe Penne…’ fame turns director with ‘Om’

When singer and lyricist, Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor, and his good friend, actor Ashwin Kkumar, bought collectively, they jammed, mentioned movies and their pet concepts. This led to an impromptu photograph shoot and some months later, a musical short was born. ‘Om’, launched on YouTube just lately, conceived and directed by Maqbool and that includes Ashwin, adopted no script or plan. “The concept, visuals and the music synced perfectly,” he says.

It depicts Siva with an ash-smeared physique, dreadlocks hanging unfastened, holding the damaru and doing the tandav (Lord Siva’s dance). It captures the uncooked energy of Nature and its connection to people. Shot in minimal gentle, the short is an exploration of the 5 elements. A gushing waterfall in a mini forest close to Pala served as a location and the thunder showers that got here down whereas taking pictures added to the impact, says Maqbool.

Ashwin Kkumar and Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor

Abhiram, who created the music, selected a mix of genres, rigorously avoiding lyrics. “We wanted the viewer to form his or her own impressions without being influenced by words,” Maqbool says.

This is Maqbool’s first try at making an unbiased single. He shot to fame with the tune ‘Mukkathe Penne …’ in Ennu Ninte Moideen, having written and sung it. Though he learnt filmmaking, Maqbool veered in direction of singing and writing. He sang a pair of songs for composer Gopi Sundar.

“The inspiration for this short came from the first vibration of the universe, ‘Om’, and its Sufi equivalent ‘Hu’, which have been a constant source of fascination for me. I have always wanted to explore it in my own way,” says Maqbool. “It is a collaborative effort and we are happy with the way it has turned out.”

The cinematography is by Arjun Ramesh and Arun Dhamodharan. Edited by Bibin Paul Samuel, the sound designing is by Rajeesh Okay Ramanan. VFX is by Jimjin whereas Jishad Shamsudheen has designed Ashwin’s costume. Produced by Cavemen photos, the video has been launched underneath the label of Muzik247.