Sunday, June 27, 2010

Madrasapattinam Preview

The makers of super hits like ‘Santhosh Subramaniam’ and ‘Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam’ come to the screens with another classic in the form of ‘Madrasapattinam’, directed by Vijay, who’s done ‘Kireedom’ and ‘Poi Solla Porom’ before. AGS Entertainment Pvt Ltd. in association with Red Giant Movies, presents its much anticipated production and Director Vijay’s creative excellence ‘Madrasapattinam’.

‘Madrasapattinam’ is a story of two people whose lives are entwined to become one; set in the backdrop of Madras Presidency in the 1940s. Times when India was at her pinnacle of becoming independent. The film’s cast boasts of Arya, Amy Jackson, Nasser, M S Bhaskar, Bala Singh & more. Arya plays a ‘dhobi’ while Amy plays an English woman in India.

A love story is intertwined and the element of freedom is expressed through out the movie. Not just the love story, ‘Madrasapattinam’ will be a visual treat. The Old Madras Presidency comes alive, thanks to the creative work by Art director V.Selva Kumar. Capturing all this essence with his lens is Nirav Shah, the cinematographer.

The period movie it is, ‘Madrasapattinam’ has soulful music by G.V.Prakash. The lifestyle of this distinct period in the form of costumes has been tailored after in-depth study and research by Deepali Noor.

The shooting of ‘Madrasapattinam’ started in the truly royal locations of Bangalore Palace and Mysore’s Lalitha Mahal. Vintage and classical in its architecture, Mysore provided many backdrops for the movie including a lavishly constructed ‘dhobi ghat’, the famous Washermanpet (Vannarapettai) area, which is a very crucial landmark for the movie.

The team then shifted back to Chennai, where the Old Mount Road set was created in the open lands at Kelambakkam. Madras back then had a very efficient and working canal system; this very exclusive recreation will sure be a delight for the eyes when you watch the movie.

The Madras Central Station, another vital location in the movie was also built in the studios of Chennai. Forwarded by the grand success of these schedules, the team then shifted to London for its grand finale, where songs and scenes were shot.

Hordes of junior artistes, main cast from both India and England dressed about in period costumes, vintage cars, Madras in 1940s, creating the emotions during our Independence – working in ‘Madrasapattinam’ has been nothing short of a very special time travel, reconnecting with expressions of love and freedom.

Catch it in theatres, this July.