Jenuse Mohamed seems to have a fascination for numbers. After his début film 100 Days of Love, he returns to the marquee today with 9 (Nine), a film that has many firsts to its credit. Promoted as the first sci-fi thriller in Malayalam with a lot of interesting, state-of-the-art VFX work, the film is reportedly a cocktail of psychology and horror. “But above all, it is a film about a father and a son,” says Jenuse. ‘Albert will fight forces within & beyond for Adam’ goes a post on Prithviraj’s Insta. 9 also happens to be the first film to be co-produced by the newly-launched Prithviraj Productions and Sony Pictures Entertainment Films India.
After the quirky rom-com 100 Days of Love, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen in 2015, the filmmaker seems to have been in no hurry to make his second one, also scripted by him.
9 has Prithviraj, Prakash Raj, Mamta Mohandas and Wamiqa Gabbi in the cast and it has been filmed by Abinandhan Ramanujam. State award-winning child actor Alok plays Adam, Prithviraj’s character Albert Lewis’ son. Shot in Manali and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and in Kuttikanam, Kochi and Vagamon in Kerala, the story of 9 unfolds in the Himalayas. A song was shot in Delhi.
As promos and trailers whipped up excitement about the film, its director remained elusive as he was immersed in post-production work. Several phone calls later, Jenuse took the call to talk about 9 and the challenges he faced during its making.