Meet Siva Ananth, Sarjun and Barath Neelakantan, the administrators of the brief tales within the Telugu net collection
‘Morality is a altering goalpost’ is the concept that binds collectively three brief tales written by Siva Ananth for the Telugu net collection Addham (mirror), which can première on Aha on October 16. The three-episode collection produced by Sujatha Narayanan and E S Devasena has a Chennai-based forged and crew that labored on the undertaking through the lockdown. Meet the three administrators of Addham.
Siva Ananth has been related to director Mani Ratnam since Dil Se, primarily within the course and manufacturing departments. He additionally directed the Telugu movie Chukkallo Chandrudu (2006). “Till a decade or two in the past, a number of Telugu movies have been being produced from Chennai and we had a big pool of actors and technicians who labored in each Telugu and Tamil. Although my main work is with Tamil cinema, I’d wish to additionally consider myself as a Telugu movie technician since I’ve directed a Telugu movie,” he says.
Since Aha was sport to look past romance and crime capers, Siva wrote hard-hitting tales on morality because the thematic connection. “A theme like this helps us look inwards. There are gray areas; generally there’s no demarcation between what’s proper and improper. Every episode is of 20 minutes length,” he explains.
Siva directs the story titled The Unwhisperable Secret starring Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Kishore: “Varalaxmi enacts the a part of a mature and clever girl with an inside turmoil. I’ve been working with Kishore for Mani Ratnam’s subsequent, Ponniyin Selvan, and he was sport after I narrated this story.”
After script readings on Zoom and meticulous planning, the workforce went to shoot within the first week of August. The filming was wrapped up inside three days with a small crew. “We deliberate all the pieces, all the way down to the shot divisions and smallest particulars, in order that we don’t waste time on set,” says Siva.
Sarjun has earned a gentle following because of his Tamil brief movies (akin to Lakshmi, Maa and Montage) and have movies Airaa and Echcharikkai. Taking on a Telugu brief for the primary time, he remembers studying the script a number of occasions and listening to the dialogues to get accustomed to Telugu phrases. “We had somebody on set to information me and the actors,” he shares.
The story titled The Street That By no means Ends stars Rohini and Jayaprakash together with Praveen, a teen actor. “It’s a delicate story the place it’s robust to guage what’s proper and improper. We filmed beneath constraints through the lockdown and my ideas have been all about eager to translate the sensible story I learn into a very good movie,” says Sarjun.
After months of lockdown, the actors have been wanting to face the digital camera. Nonetheless, getting permissions to shoot outside wasn’t simple. After a number of makes an attempt, the workforce obtained the go-ahead to shoot in a locality 25kilometres from Chennai. “We shot from 4am to 11pm someday and for 12 hours the next day. Solely when editor Sreekar Prasad went by means of the footage and stated we had good materials, I used to be relieved,” says the director.
Sarjun can also be in talks to direct a Telugu movie for Geetha Arts.
“Once I learn the story Crossroads written by Siva, I felt it nearly had my voice. One of many essential causes I left my company profession and have become a filmmaker is to have the ability to put out my voice,” says Barath Neelakantan, who directed the Tamil movie Okay-13.
“Within the planning phases of Addham, we (the three administrators) debated on plot factors and what a personality is prone to say in a sure state of affairs. Within the course of, we turned larger pals since we shared our private tales,” he says.
Crossroads stars Prasanna, Abirami Venkatachalam and Pavithrah Marimuthu. “Once we discuss of Crossroads, most of us discuss profession and barely can we acknowledge it within the context of our private lives. This story offers with private life,” says Barath.
Taking on a narrative written by one other author for the primary time, Siva was involved that he ought to be capable to do justice to the story. “Siva watched the movie and was very proud of the way it turned out,” he says.
Although it’s his first Telugu undertaking, he says it wasn’t tedious since his spouse, a Telugu, was a part of one of many script readings. Barath additionally took the assistance of pals in Telugu cinema.
(Addham streams on Aha from October 16)