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Tales of love, despair and hope in ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’

Filmmakers Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon, Gautham Menon, Karthik Subbaraj and Sudha Kongara obtained collectively on a digital name, to debate their newest anthology, ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’

5 filmmakers. 5 completely different tales. One movie.

The trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s first Tamil authentic function Putham Pudhu Kaalai was launched on Monday by celebrated director-composer duo, Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman. An anthology of 5 shorts, the thought was to deliver collectively a distinguished set of filmmakers, identified for his or her distinctive type, and to weave in a narrative with a particular theme: love, hope, second possibilities and extra. That’s how Putham Pudhu Kaalai was given delivery to.

In an revolutionary digital press convention — designed in such a means that viewers can wait within the ballroom, looking the contents of the movie as they watch for the stay session to start — filmmakers Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon, Gautham Menon, Karthik Subbaraj and Sudha Kongara, together with actors Kalidas Jayaram, MS Bhaskar, Rittu Varma and Bobby Simha, got here collectively to present the viewers a peek into what every of their movies is about.

Suhasini and Anu Hasan

The Hasan clan

Suhasini was the final particular person to affix the bandwagon when she was provided to direct a portion of the anthology. She considered an thought she wished to discover, however later found it to be just like Karthik Subbaraj’s movie. That’s when she determined to flesh out a brief story — a couple of daughter and a son returning to their home from overseas, for his or her mom’s fiftieth anniversary — she had written 10 years in the past. “It’s about their confrontation and the following conflicts that occur. I couldn’t end the story for some motive,” she stated, including, “I completed it for them [Amazon Prime] and altered the son’s character to a daughter.”

Directing the brief is one factor, however Suhasini sensed a possibility to deliver the Hasan household collectively. Titled Espresso, Anybody?, it stars Suhasini and her mom Komalam Hasan together with Anu and Shruti Haasan. Her father Charuhasan, the truth is, was presupposed to play the lead, if not for an unlucky fall that resulted in a fracture. He was changed by veteran drama actor Kathadi Ramamurthy. “I had the forged in thoughts after I wrote it. There have been sure benefits and plenty of disadvantages, however it was a lot enjoyable taking pictures with them.”

MS Bhaskar and Rittu Varma in a scene

Grasp and his disciple

When Gautham Menon obtained a name for the anthology earlier than it was named Putham Pudhu Kaalai, it was a no brainer for him, on condition that he made his digital debut with Queen and on condition that he filmed the brief movie Karthik Dial Seytha Yenn with Simbu and Trisha Krishnan, throughout the preliminary months of the lockdown. However his solely reservation was to see his title seem alongside his mentor’s, Rajiv Menon.

“After I got here to know that Sir [Rajiv] is a part of it, I stated ‘I don’t need to do it’. However I’m lucky to have shared my title together with him,” stated Gautham, including, “I loved the method as a result of I shot with a grasp craftsman like PC Sreeram and the expertise was studying and humbling.” Gautham’s movie Avarum Naanum/Avalum Naanum stars MS Bhaskar and Rittu Varma within the lead.

For Rajiv Menon, filming the anthology took him again to his movie institute days when the variety of individuals concerned have been minimal. “Not simply that, we’ve got somebody who isn’t a traditional actor and the lighting was pure and to prime that, we’ve got Leela Samson who I respect lots. It’s like 5 completely different melodies composed in 5 completely different homes.I’m curious to know the way others have interpreted the temporary.”

Rajiv is not only a writer-director, but additionally a cinematographer who’s pretty insistent about the way in which he units up his frames. Was it tough to adapt to a more recent format: digital filmmaking? “As a DOP [director of photography], I’ve by no means shot my movies as a result of it impacts my house as a director,” he stated, including, “I’ve been learning about international pictures the place they insist on taking pictures in pure gentle and never gentle up the face or geography during which you might be taking pictures. That labored on this case. When there is no such thing as a gentle, it permits you extra motion…these have been the areas I experimented with.”

A still from Karthik Subbaraj’s film

The place it began…

A shorter format could also be an unfamiliar terrain for different filmmakers, however not for Karthik Subbaraj. He grew to become a expertise to reckon with after he received Naalaiya Iyakkunar, the brief filmmaking contest on tv. “The one distinction is that, there, my fellow contestants have been Nalan and others. However right here, we’ve got distinguished names like GVM sir, Suhasini ma’am and Rajiv sir. Coronavirus has taken us again to the place we began,” stated Karthik, who’s working with Bobby Simha but once more for a brief titled Miracle.

Karthik says that his movie relies on a real-life incident that occurred to Bobby Simha, when his workplace was robbed by an unidentified group throughout the lockdown. “We have been discussing and a great likelihood got here to make it into a movie. I assumed ‘why not?’”

Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan

Love within the time of Corona

Sudha Kongara was left undecided and thought she would settle for the provide solely if she discovered an fascinating story to inform. That did occur and he or she has directed Ilamai Idho Idho, a title taken from a well-liked music of the identical title from Sakalakala Vallavan. “To me what got here immediately was romance…that’s the happiest section of 1’s life, isn’t?” Her movie has actors Jayaram, Kalidas Jayaram, Urvashi and Kalyani Priyadarshan.

Requested in regards to the choice to forged the father-son duo Jayaram and Kalidas, the filmmaker stated it hasrelevance to the script. However it was Kalidas who had the final phrase: “I used to be determined for work and fear an excessive amount of in regards to the pandemic. The final 4 months I frolicked at dwelling. After I obtained again to work anticipating to see others, there was my father once more. And that was not enjoyable.”

Putham Pudhu Kaalai will launch on Amazon Prime Video on October 16

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