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January 16, 2024 at 6:24:30 PM


Akhil Vijay Vijayan




Film Industry


United States

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Akhil Vijay Vijayan Unveiled: A Cinematic Perspective

In the realm of cinema, Akhil stands as a testament to the nuanced journey of an actor. From his debut in "Bhaiyya Bhaiya" in 2014 to recent endeavors such as "Appakalippto" and "Bad Monkey," Akhil's trajectory within the film industry encompasses a spectrum of roles and experiences. UNOFEX Director Deivis H. Valdes engages in a thoughtful conversation with Akhil, seeking to unveil the actor's reflections on his career, the intricacies of his craft, and the transitions that have shaped his cinematic narrative. This interview, devoid of undue enthusiasm, aims to present a measured exploration of Akhil's professional evolution and personal insights.

Q1: Akhil, your journey from the 2014 movie "Bhaiyya Bhaiya" to the recent release "Appakalippto" has been truly fascinating. How do you reflect on the evolution of your career in the film industry?

Thank you so much for your thoughtful reflection on my cinematic journey from "Bhaiyya Bhaiya" in 2014 to the recent release "Appakalippto." It warms my heart to know that my evolution in the film industry has captured your interest.

Looking back, each project has been a unique chapter in my professional narrative, a canvas on which I've had the privilege of painting diverse characters and stories. "Bhaiyya Bhaiya" marked the beginning of this odyssey, and with each subsequent film, I endeavored to embrace new challenges and explore different facets of my craft.

"Appakalippto" holds a special place in my heart as a testament to growth and exploration. The collaborative effort of the entire team has been instrumental in bringing this vision to life, and I am grateful for the opportunities that continue to shape my artistic journey.

As I reflect on the evolution of my career, I am humbled by the support of my fans, the guidance of seasoned colleagues, and the invaluable lessons learned along the way. The film industry is a dynamic realm, and I remain committed to pushing my boundaries and contributing meaningfully to the world of storytelling.

Thank you for acknowledging this evolution, and I am excited to see where the future chapters of my cinematic voyage will take me.

Q2: Having transitioned from acting to assistant directing and now being featured prominently in various projects, how has your diverse experience shaped your

perspective on storytelling within the film industry?

It's truly heartening to reflect on the transformative journey from acting to assistant directing and now finding myself prominently featured in various projects. This diverse experience has profoundly shaped my perspective on storytelling within the film industry.

My foray into assistant directing provided me with a behind-the-scenes lens, allowing me to witness the intricate tapestry of filmmaking being woven. The collaboration with directors, cinematographers, and the entire production team has given me a comprehensive understanding of the meticulous efforts that go into bringing a story to life. This experience has heightened my appreciation for the collaborative nature of the industry and the importance of synergy among creative minds.

Having walked in the shoes of both an actor and an assistant director, I've gained a nuanced understanding of the delicate balance between storytelling and the technical aspects of filmmaking. This dual perspective has allowed me to approach projects with a holistic vision, recognizing the symbiotic relationship between narrative depth and the visual language of cinema.

Being featured prominently in various projects has offered me the opportunity to apply this enriched perspective directly to my performances. I find myself more attuned to the director's vision, the nuances of the script, and the overarching narrative arc. This, in turn, has empowered me to contribute more meaningfully to the storytelling process, both in front of and behind the camera.

In essence, my diverse experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the art of storytelling and a commitment to fostering a collaborative, inclusive environment within the film industry. As I continue to evolve in my multifaceted role, I eagerly anticipate further growth and exploration in the limitless realm of cinematic expression.

Q3: "Karnan Napolean Bhagatsingh" marked a significant milestone in your career. Can you share some behind-the-scenes moments or challenges you faced during the making of this film?

It was a great experience working with the renowned Actor Jaffer idukki ,I played the role Anubhav as his son ,it was a great opportunity to learn from him as an Actor ,i am very thankfull to the Director Sarath G mohan , to trust me and given me a opportunity to Act in his movie ,behind the scenes it was a fun filled set everyone was very hlpfull me deeraj ,Adhya were discussing the upcoming scenes and dheeraj used to crack jokes in between it was a very moemorable time in my life, if i talk about challenges in one scene i am doing suicide in that shot they have to hang me ,it was little scary but with the help of director and stunt master its went well i still remember everyone claps after the shot ,thats the moment every Actor loves to hear.

Q4: As an actor with international exposure, you recently worked in a Home Depot commercial. How does the dynamic of commercial work differ from traditional filmmaking, and what drew you to this project?

Working on a Home Depot commercial under the direction of Edouard Nammour brought a unique and refreshing experience compared to traditional filmmaking. The primary distinction lay in the concise nature of storytelling. Commercials often demand conveying a compelling message or showcasing a product in a brief timeframe, requiring actors to deliver impactful performances in shorter durations.

Additionally, the collaborative process in commercial work tends to be more streamlined. The focus is on capturing the essence of the brand efficiently, and there is a greater emphasis on visual storytelling, engaging the audience quickly and leaving a lasting impression.

Draw to the Project:

What drew me to the Home Depot commercial was the opportunity to be part of a campaign that resonates with a wide audience. Home Depot is not just a retail giant; it's a brand embedded in the fabric of everyday life. The chance to contribute to a project that celebrates home improvement, creativity, and the joy of transforming living spaces was immensely appealing.

The commercial presented a unique challenge – to convey authenticity and enthusiasm while highlighting the practical aspects of Home Depot's offerings. The script, which seamlessly blended storytelling with the brand's ethos, spoke to me as an actor. It offered a chance to be part of a narrative that goes beyond promoting products, tapping into the emotions and aspirations of individuals striving to enhance their homes.

In the fast-paced world of commercials, every moment counts, and the Home Depot project allowed me to explore the art of capturing attention swiftly while leaving a lasting impact. It was a delightful experience collaborating with a team that valued creativity, efficiency, and the power of visual storytelling.

Q5: Moving from India to the United States is a significant change. How has this relocation influenced your approach to acting and the projects you choose to be a part of?

A Journey Across Borders

Relocating from India to the United States marked a profound chapter in my life, and this transition undeniably influenced my approach to acting and the projects I choose to be a part of.

  1. Cultural Tapestry: The shift exposed me to a diverse cultural tapestry, offering a broader palette for storytelling. Embracing this cultural amalgamation, I found a renewed appreciation for narratives that traverse international boundaries, exploring themes that resonate universally.

  2. Nuanced Roles: The exposure to the American entertainment industry opened doors to a myriad of characters and storytelling techniques. I became drawn to projects that provided an opportunity for nuanced roles, delving into the complexities of human experiences and emotions.

  3. Collaborative Spirit: The collaborative spirit in the U.S. film industry encouraged me to engage with a diverse range of professionals. This cross-cultural collaboration not only enriched my craft but also broadened my perspective on storytelling, emphasizing the strength found in diversity.

  4. Genre Exploration: The dynamic nature of the American film landscape inspired me to explore different genres. Whether it be independent cinema, mainstream projects, or even diverse platforms like streaming services, I embraced the chance to diversify my portfolio and experiment with a variety of roles.

  5. Social Impact: Living in a society with distinct social issues, my relocation fueled a desire to be part of projects that contribute to social discourse. I found myself drawn to narratives that shed light on relevant topics, aiming to inspire positive change and foster empathy.

In essence, the relocation from India to the United States has been a transformative journey, influencing my choices as an actor and broadening my horizons. It's a continuous exploration, an evolution in storytelling that mirrors the richness of life's experiences across borders

Q6: You've ventured into television with the Apple TV series "Bad Monkey." How does working on a series differ from a feature film, and what aspects of this experience stood out to you?

The Transition to Television Stepping into the realm of television with "Bad Monkey Chronicles" for Apple TV was a thrilling departure from the familiar territory of feature films. The expansive landscape of a series presented an alluring challenge and a promise of deeper exploration.

In the Shooting I got a opportunity to work with renowned Actor Vince Vaughn under warner bros production directed by Erica Dunton and Marcos Siega.

Q7: Your film "Moonwalk" is yet to be released. Can you offer a sneak peek into the storyline and your role in this upcoming project?

Moonwalk is the upcoming film Directed by Vinod Ak and Produced by Jasni Ahmed its a film Shot Entirely in trivandrum district in Kerala ,film is based on the impact of Micheal jackson style of Dancing in Kerala youngsters ,its a college story with lot of emotions and comedy scenes ,i cannot give more details because the movie is not yet released ,I hope everyone will love it when this movie is out you can see me in a different Role.

Q8: "Jagged Mind" and "Bad Monkey" showcase your versatility. How do you choose roles, and what factors contribute to your decision-making process when selecting projects?

The Art of Role Selection & Choosing Roles:

Embarking on projects like "Jagged Mind" and "Bad Monkey" has been a testament to the art of role selection, a delicate dance between artistic expression and personal resonance. As an actor, the decision-making process involves a careful examination of diverse factors that contribute to the project's narrative and its alignment with my artistic journey.

Script Depth and Complexity:

At the core of role selection lies the script's depth and complexity. A character that offers a multifaceted journey, layered with emotions, challenges, and growth, becomes an irresistible canvas. "Jagged Mind" and "Bad Monkey" both intrigued me with characters that demanded exploration, characters whose stories echoed the intricacies of the human experience.

Collaborative Vision:

The collaborative vision of the director and the creative team plays a pivotal role. The synergy between the actor and the filmmaker, a shared understanding of the character's essence and the broader narrative, is a magnetic force. The opportunity to contribute to a cohesive vision, to be part of a collective effort in bringing a story to life, is a driving force in my decision-making process.

Genre Diversity:

Diversity in genres adds spice to the artistic palette. From the psychological intricacies of "Jagged Mind" to the adventurous spirit of "Bad Monkey," the appeal of exploring different genres contributes to the decision-making process. It's an artistic adventure that allows for versatility and challenges the boundaries of storytelling.

Social Relevance and Impact:

The social relevance and potential impact of a project on the audience weigh heavily on my choices. Projects that not only entertain but also resonate with contemporary issues, spark conversations, and elicit introspection hold a special place. "Jagged Mind" and "Bad Monkey" presented narratives that went beyond entertainment, delving into societal reflections that added depth to the storytelling.

Personal Connection:

Last but not least, there's a personal connection that ties me to a role. It's an intangible thread that links the character's journey to my own, a resonance that transcends the script. Whether it's a shared experience, an emotional chord, or a connection to the character's motivations, this personal link fuels the passion and dedication I bring to the portrayal.

In the end, the art of role selection is a delicate balance, a dance of artistic passion, collaborative vision, and personal resonance. "Jagged Mind" and "Bad Monkey" stand as chapters in a broader narrative, each role chosen with care and consideration, contributing to the rich tapestry of my artistic journey.

Q9: You've recently been approved as an accredited UNOFEX Film Industry Member. Could you shed some light on what this accreditation means to you?

"UNOFEX Recognition: A Cinematic Milestone"

Being approved as an accredited UNOFEX Film Industry Member is an immense honor, marking a significant milestone in my cinematic journey. The accreditation serves as a recognition of the collaborative efforts, creativity, and dedication invested in the world of filmmaking.

Global Collaboration:

UNOFEX, as a hub for film industry professionals, offers a platform for global collaboration. The accreditation represents an opportunity to connect with a diverse community of filmmakers, exchange ideas, and contribute to the global tapestry of storytelling. It opens doors to a network of creative minds, fostering collaborative projects that transcend borders.

Industry Validation:

The approval as a UNOFEX Film Industry Member is a form of industry validation, signifying a commitment to excellence and professionalism. It reflects the acknowledgment of contributions to the art of filmmaking and a dedication to upholding the standards set by a respected organization.

Access to Resources:

Being part of UNOFEX grants access to valuable resources, whether it be insights from industry experts, opportunities for collaboration, or access to exclusive events. This rich tapestry of resources enhances the potential for growth, learning, and staying abreast of the latest trends and innovations in the film industry.

Promotion of Diversity:

UNOFEX's commitment to fostering diversity in the film industry aligns with my own values as a storyteller. The accreditation provides a platform to contribute to and promote diverse narratives, ensuring that a variety of voices are heard and represented on the global stage.

In essence, the approval as a UNOFEX Film Industry Member is not just a recognition; it's an invitation to be part of a global community that shares a passion for storytelling. It signifies a commitment to the art of filmmaking, a celebration of diversity, and an ongoing journey of collaboration and creativity in the world of cinema.

Q10: Looking ahead, what are your aspirations and visions for the future? Are there specific genres or roles you are eager to explore, and how do you see yourself contributing to the global cinematic landscape?

"Cinematic Horizons: A Journey Unveiled"

Looking ahead, my cinematic journey unfolds like an uncharted tapestry, and I am eager to explore the vast horizons that lie ahead. The future holds the promise of new challenges, diverse roles, and a continued commitment to contributing to the global cinematic landscape.

Exploration of Diverse Genres:

My aspirations include a fervent desire to explore a spectrum of genres, from the depths of intense drama to the heights of lighthearted comedy, and the thrilling vistas of science fiction to the timeless allure of historical epics. Each genre presents a unique canvas for storytelling, and I am eager to immerse myself in the diverse worlds they offer.

Character Portrayals with Depth:

I aspire to delve into character portrayals that resonate with depth and authenticity. Whether it's portraying the complexities of a flawed hero, the enigma of an antihero, or the vulnerability of a relatable character, I aim to bring nuance and emotional resonance to every role I undertake.

Global Collaboration and Cultural Exploration:

Contributing to the global cinematic landscape entails embracing collaborative opportunities that transcend geographical boundaries. I am excited about engaging in projects that celebrate cultural diversity, fostering a deeper understanding of the human experience on an international scale.

Innovative Storytelling:

The future holds the promise of innovative storytelling techniques, and I am eager to be part of projects that push the boundaries of narrative exploration. Whether it's through cutting-edge technology, immersive storytelling formats, or interactive experiences, I envision contributing to narratives that captivate audiences in new and exciting ways.

Advocacy for Social Impact:

Beyond the screen, I aspire to use the platform of storytelling to advocate for social impact. Engaging with narratives that address pressing societal issues and collaborating on projects that inspire positive change is a cornerstone of my vision for the future.

In essence, my cinematic aspirations revolve around continual growth, exploration, and a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the rich and diverse tapestry of global storytelling. As the chapters of my cinematic journey unfold, I look forward to embracing the unknown and creating narratives that resonate across cultures and generations.




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