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       A self-made director powered by undying passion
         Posted on :23:22:08 Aug 15, 2018
       Last edited on:23:34:14 Aug 15, 2018
         Tags: A self-made director, moni, moni sreenivasan
Having made two films of contemporary relevance and with three more films of the same genre in the pipeline, Moni Srinivasan, a self-made unassuming director is a happy camper. This is because he feels that he could educate people through his cinemas, to some extent. 
Moni’s first film was Education loan, starring Jagadish, Kochu Preman and Geetha Vijayan. Released in 2014, it told the story of mental harassment bankers inflict upon a needy girl who is persistently denied education loan for flimsy reasons. A low budget film, it ran 25 days in three theatres in the Thiruvananthapuram city and earned many accolades. It won seven awards including film Critics award. His next is Sthree that shows how insecure a woman is, even in this advanced world.
Even as a child, Moni wanted to become a film actor. When he was in the fourth standard, he acted in school dramas. He wrote a drama and directed when he was in the sixth standard. That time he also used to perform mimicry and mono-acts in his school. After his 10th standard, this wannabe actor kept travelling to places to meet several directors for a chance. He tried to see almost all films released that time to learn the nuances of acting as well as direction.
Thus, after so many wanderings, he landed a role in Doordarshan serial – Oru Kudayum Kunju Pengalum, directed by T S Saji. Soon he started assisting well-known directors, most of them from serial field. 
Moni remembers with reverence the support he got from his late father Rajamani and Associate director Satheesh Maruthingal. “When my father gave me all his support for pursuing my passion, Satheesh was my guiding spirit,” he recalls. 
Born and brought up in a middle class family in Thiruvananthapuram (Manacaud MLA Road), this 40-yr-old director is also encouraged by his mother Sundari and brother Krishna Moorthy (associate director) to do “what mind says”.  
Incidentally, Moni Sreenivasam worked as an electrician for some time after completing his Pre-Degree. It was a few months before he got a break in the small screen.  Even when he was going through hard times and dabbling in several jobs, he didn’t let his passion die. What keeps Moni going has been his perseverance and unflinching hard work to reach his goal. “My wish is to do more aesthetic films that will send a strong message to society,” adds Moni.
His new film Sthree with Sanesh Asokan and Soniyamalhar in the lead will release on the first week of September.
Oruvathil Kotta, Madan and Rathrikalil Mathram are the next from Moni’s stable. The shoot of Oruvathil Kotta, a horror film is going on. Nithin Sathya, Remya Paniker and Sanker Seema will do main roles in it.
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