This February, get ready to experience fear at a different level altogether. Combine suspense, horror, with a pre- independent India backdrop, and you have Yashogathe, a full- length feature film that talks about a coming- of-age story.
Produced by Hari Sudan Tiwari and directed by Vinod J Raj, Yashogathe comes across as a movie where fiction touches reality briefly, says the director. "It talks about a woman- helmed family’s tale of survival during the pre-independence epoch. What were to happen if a family without a male presence starts experiencing paranormal occurrences once a boy enters the household? The quest for the answer takes the woman and the audience through an abstract narrative of isolation, trauma and heavily guarded secrets,"he explains.
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Interestingly, Yashogathe was conceptualised when the director and the producer encountered an interesting old woman in Kuppam while shooting for a documentary in 2006. "She narrated something about her past life, which was eerie and mysterious and attracted the attention of the producer and me. Thus began our journey into the making of Yashogathe which took two years to be penned down after thorough research. It was was shot in 2015, says Vinod.
With new faces both in front of the camera and behind the lens, Yashogathe looks to be one of the ground- breaking movies of the year. "Unlike the usual Sandalwood tradition of one genre, we have mixed two genres. We have derived cues from Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings to bring in the
period costumes and the essence of chiaroscuro lighting and other elements of academic art during production. The cast consists of Manasa Joshi, Pavithra Beliappa, Lohit Suriya, child artistes Tvisha Adappa Tandur and others. "The crew consists of mainly young people with an extreme passion for films who are ready to do things a little differently from the set industry standards," the director says.