Wheelchair user Anjurani Joy set to make her debut in Malayalam film
31-year-old wheelchair user Anjurani Joy is a world record holder in jar lifting. She is also a theatre artist and singer. Anju recently acted in the Malayalam movie ‘Oru Nalla Kottayamkaran’ which is scheduled for release on 6 December. Anju talks about her exciting journey to the world of cinema.
Anjurani Joy loves to explore new frontiers. This 31-year-old wheelchair user from Kerala holds two world records in jar lifting. She is now gearing up to make her presence felt in cinema. Her Malayalam movie Oru Nalla Kottayamkaran will hit theatres on 6 December and Anjurani is super excited about her debut.
Oru Nalla Kottayamkaran is based on the life of prominent social worker PU Thomas from Kottayam. Thomas is the founder of Navajeevan Trust which reaches out to people with intellectual disabilities. Anju plays Sneha, a young woman Thomas has adopted.
It is great that filmmakers movie makers are coming forward to cast disabled people. I play the role of an orphan who was adopted by PU Thomas. I am facing camera for the first time and it has been a thrilling experience. – Anjurani Joy
Anjurani acted in a play called Chaaya last year and loved the experience. Her film debut has been smooth as well thanks to the supportive cast and crew. “I worked with prominent artists like Anjali Nair. They were all patient and supportive. At times, my wheelchair had to be lifted. The crew was always willing to help”. “No words can express my gratefulness to the entire crew, especially director Simon Kuruvilla”, she adds.
Anju’s next movie Insha is expected to hit screens by January. This youngster has many movie and theatre performances lined up. “What adds to the excitement is that my father, mother and sister has also done a small role in ‘Oru Nalla Kottayamkaran’”, she says.
Director Simon Kuruvilla says Anjurani has conveyed her spirit beautifully in the film. “She has brought her positive thought and approach to life on screen as well in the character Sneha”.