Young film artist from Arunachal Pradesh, Solomon Sangchoju is set to enter the Malayalam film industry with Bibin Paul Samuel’s directorial debut Aaha – The War Within. Sangchoju received accolades for his role as the antagonist, Kai, in the 2017 movie Orunasol Man.
While the Malayalam film industry is largely restricted to south India, it is the fourth largest in the country. The industry focuses more on story, script and technicality involved, and is less star-centric. According to reports, Sangchoju will be playing a parallel lead role alongside renowned Malayalam actor Indrajith Sukumaran, who would be playing the lead role of a vadam vali (tug-of-war) star.
‘The film is a sports drama based on the famous vadam vali team, Aaha Neeloor, which has won all of its 73 championships in vadam vali,’ said Sangchoju. The first-look poster was revealed in mid-July by Malayalam superstar Mohanlal.
Besides his performance in Orunasol Man, Sangchoju has worked in eight other short films and a music video. Into the Valley and Man on Scooter, both starring Sangchoju, won best short film award at the Laissez Faire Film Festival held in Pune (Maharashtra) in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The actor also likes to work behind the camera, and has written and directed four short films and two music videos. He has also worked as a director of photography in five short films, two music videos, and a documentary. Films written and directed by Sangchoju have also won regional awards.