Director V Vignarajan, the person who helmed current OTT launch, ‘Andhaghaaram’, discusses the movie’s arduous journey earlier than seeing the sunshine of the day
A journey rife with hardships can drag one to the darkest locations. Not for V Vignarajan who while making Andhaghaaram (darkness), and regardless of struggling to carry it to gentle for the previous a few years, by no means overlooked his goal — “to make an excellent movie”.
It didn’t matter even when it was going to be simply the one, he says, over cellphone from Chennai.
Having assisted director Radha Mohan in movies akin to Mozhi (2007) and Abhiyum Naanum (2008), Vignarajan set out on his personal solely to seek out that the movie business had a wierd method of crippling individuals with ambitions; his first mission, Orey Nyabagam, was shelved after greater than half of it was accomplished.
Born out of that have was the choice to make an indie movie, Andhaghaaram. “We shot a pilot and pitched it to couple of producers. We continued filming with cash that we pooled from numerous sources. When it was two-thirds full, Ardour Studios took an curiosity,” says Vignarajan. He provides: “Nevertheless, it was Atlee’s entry (as presenter) that introduced a lot consideration to this small movie.” Excerpts:
What’s Andhaghaaram about?
It’s a supernatural suspense-thriller movie. The supernatural side, nonetheless, is simply used as a [narrative] aspect, and isn’t a defining side of the movie’s style. It’s a hyperlink topic that sees three tales colliding at essential factors.
Is there an inspiration for the storyline?
This incident in my life from 10 years in the past left a ‘what if’ query in my head. My buddy from Kerala had informed me about this man who claimed to talk with spirits utilizing a cellphone. Clearly, it was false, however I assumed ‘what if it was actual?’
Inform us about your casting alternative for the lead roles: Vinoth Kishan and Arjun Das.
Vinoth performs Selvam, a visually-challenged particular person. I had adopted his work since Naan Mahaan Alla; his eyes are intense. I assumed it could be attention-grabbing to grab that highly effective instrument [of expression] away from him, forged him on this function after which see how he pursues his character. He appreciated the concept. Identical with Arjun, who performs a failed cricketer. I didn’t have to carry auditions, and I now know there aren’t higher actors to play these roles than the 2.
Bagging a Netflix launch will get you an even bigger viewers…
Sure, however I’m dissatisfied that I couldn’t launch the movie in theatres. We deliberate the visible and sound results for the large display expertise. Nevertheless, gaining a Netflix launch is a constructive factor to occur to us in these gloomy days.
How did Atlee come on board?
Through the movie’s edit stage, Atlee learnt of our movie and he appreciated what he noticed. He requested us to make a accomplished movie copy prepared for him. He then moved on to make Bigil. After its launch, he noticed our film’s last reduce and agreed to current it in theatres, however then the lockdown occurred.
You tout the screenplay because the distinctive aspect in Andhaghaaram, however the movie remains to be a suspense-thriller. Will there be leap scare moments?
I hate leap scares. Even when writing the movie, I didn’t embody leap scare conditions deliberately as a result of I didn’t wish to fall for the clichés. Andhaghaaram must be handled as a suspense thriller solely, and never as a movie within the supernatural style. We’ve tried our greatest to create a singular world in the best way we have now lit the movie, handled the sound and performances. I used to be explicit about not affording it the remedy given to movies with standard topics.
What do you make of the lengthy journey that it took you to carry Andhaghaaram so far?
It’s not powerful to make indie movies particularly in case you are supported by an excellent crew. Elevating cash is hard, however all the pieces is dependent upon how our beliefs work. What issues is that we stay dedicated to creating an excellent movie, the remaining would fall in place simply. I’m dissatisfied that Andhaghaaram took such a very long time. Nevertheless, on the finish of the hardship, if we efficiently endure it, we’ll discover the trail we wish to tread on going ahead.
What have you ever lined up subsequent?
I do have just a few scripts, however it is going to be determined primarily based on how effectively Andhaghaaram is obtained. I’ve plans in place whether or not or not the state of affairs works to my favour.
‘Andhaghaaram’ is streaming on Netflix