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 convey 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 telephone from Chennai.
Having assisted director Radha Mohan in movies equivalent to Mozhi (2007) and Abhiyum Naanum (2008), Vignarajan set out on his personal solely to seek out that the movie trade had a wierd method of crippling folks with ambitions; his first venture, 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 facet, nevertheless, is barely used as a [narrative] component, and isn’t a defining facet 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 instructed me about this man who claimed to talk with spirits utilizing a telephone. 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 individual. I had adopted his work since Naan Mahaan Alla; his eyes are intense. I assumed it will be fascinating to grab that highly effective instrument [of expression] away from him, solid him on this position after which see how he pursues his character. He appreciated the thought. Similar 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 disenchanted that I couldn’t launch the movie in theatres. We deliberate the visible and sound results for the large display screen 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 closing lower and agreed to current it in theatres, however then the lockdown occurred.
You tout the screenplay because the distinctive component in Andhaghaaram, however the movie continues to be a suspense-thriller. Will there be soar scare moments?
I hate soar scares. Even when writing the movie, I didn’t embody soar scare conditions deliberately as a result of I didn’t need to fall for the clichés. Andhaghaaram needs to be handled as a suspense thriller solely, and never as a movie within the supernatural style. We’ve got tried our greatest to create a singular world in the way in which we have now lit the movie, handled the sound and performances. I used to be specific about not affording it the therapy given to movies with standard topics.
What do you make of the lengthy journey that it took you to convey Andhaghaaram thus far?
It isn’t powerful to make indie movies particularly if you’re supported by an excellent crew. Elevating cash is hard, however all the things will depend on 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 disenchanted that Andhaghaaram took such a very long time. Nevertheless, on the finish of the hardship, if we efficiently endure it, we are going to discover the trail we need to tread on going ahead.
What have you ever lined up subsequent?
I do have just a few scripts, however will probably be determined based mostly on how properly 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