Kayal: Telling a Travelling Tale - The New Indian Express

Kayal: Telling a Travelling Tale

Published: 19th March 2014 10:40 AM

Last Updated: 23rd March 2014 01:56 PM

It is his debut in Kollywood and young hero Chandran is thrilled to be working in Kayal, director Prabhu Solomon’s next flick. Back from a gruelling schedule of 40 days in interior Tamil Nadu, Chandran speaks to CE about the rollercoaster ride of emotions and travel that Kayal is turning out to be.

“We shot for 25 days in Kanyakumari in December,” recalls Chandran, who is visibly tanned. The highlight of the shoot was the climax scene, which was shot with nearly 1,000 junior artistes near Nagercoil. “Heroine Anandi and I did some of the talkie portions at Muttom near Nagercoil. We actually shot in the centuries-old All Saints Church there, right on Christmas day. We captured real celebrations on camera,” recalls Chandran. 

After a 10-day break,  Chandran was headed to Saptur village near Virudhunagar. “We shot for 40 days and the schedule was emotionally draining and physically tiring. I would get up at 4 am and we worked through the night,” he says.

“The film will appeal to people of all ages and take you through a gamut of emotions,” he adds, without  revealing details of his role when asked about the hush-hush project.

The film promises to be a visual treat, having captured forests, mountains and old architecture, including a 440-year-old Zamindar palace in Saptur. Says Chandran, “The Zamin’s 43rd generation is still inhabiting the palace. They played wonderful hosts to us, inviting us for a sumptuous lunch of fish delicacies.”

Ask him how it was to work with a director as acclaimed as Prabhu Solomon in his first film and Chandran says, “My director is a perfectionist. He’ll wait patiently for an entire day, for the correct light, camera angle and the weather for that perfect shot. Luckily, even though I am a novice, I would give the right shot within four takes and wouldn’t get any scoldings from him!”

The emotional ride was not without its action sequences. “For an important scene, we had to run through sugarcane fields. The land was so barren that we all hurt ourselves with the dried leaf blades and thorns. But the pain didn’t matter once we saw the results on the monitor!” says Chandran with a laugh.

But it seems that Chandran has to pack his bags yet again. The unit is gearing up for the next 20 days of travel to Goa, Gujarat and Shimoga in Karnataka. “Kayal is a travel story. In Mynaa and Kumki, the stories were set around one area. But in Kayal, the director has decided to travel to a variety of places and show more than just the green side of nature. So you’ll see a story with several shades and moods of of the landscape, in concordance with the emotional journey of the characters,” he says, signing off.

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