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'Village-based stories have been my strength all along'

Sathyan Anthikkad is perhaps quite like some of the characters in his films -- simple, sober and lovable. That could have worked in his favour considering the huge number of hits that he has churned out in the last more than two decades in Malayalam cinema.

Now, director and screen writer is ready with his latest film, Bhagyadevatha, with Jayaram and Kaniha in lead roles. Based in a Kuttanadan village, the film also belongs to the genre that he is always identified with -- family entertainers.

In an exclusive interview to Meghna George, Sathyan Anthikkad talks about his latest film, which released on April 23, and more. Excerpts:

After your last film Innathe Chinthavishayam was set in an urban premise, you are back to narrating a rural based theme with Bhagyadevatha?

The village-based stories have been my strength all along. I am comfortable narrating such themes and until now my stories have happened in the Valluvanadan areas in rural Palakkad and even in places like Moolamattam.

Here, I have Bhagyadevatha which is based in a Kuttanadan village. I have hardly shot here earlier but while making this film, I fell in love with the place, the backwaters and the people here.

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