‘We were Under Slushy Water for 12 Hours a Day while Shooting for Kayal’

Published: 18th December 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

Kayal

When Chandran left a cushy marketing job to pursue his passion for cinema, little he would have imagined the travails involved. But after months of shooting in rigorous conditions for Prabhu Solomon’s magnum opus Kayal, Chandran is ecstatic about the results. From running barefoot in sugarcane fields to  staying in slushy water for 12 hours each day, Chandran tells CE it’s been well worth it.

You can feel the thrill in his voice as he fondly recalls, “It’s been one really cherished adventure shooting for Kayal. The best part was director Prabhu sir’s down-to-earth approach. My first day at shoot was under four feet of water, for the tsunami scenes. He came right down into the water and started explaining the shot. I was amazed he got into the slush with us, instead of giving instructions from a chair. But he believes in re-living  every experience  of the actor, to bring out the best.”

For the tsunami-based love story, a giant water tank was built on eight grounds of land in Ponneri. The water was slushy, filled with floating debris to give the tsunami aftermath effect. From 6 am to 6 pm for about a month, Chandran and the crew would get into the tank and shoot. He recalls, “Within one hour my feet became soft and fragile due to the water. So, when I touched moving objects, my feet would cut open immediately and bleed. By the third day most of us had fungal disease and would keep scratching from head to toe.” To give the tsunami waves effect, eight powerful motors spewed water jets on Chandran all day long. “The force of the water would throw me off balance. I had to stay afloat, concentrate on the director’s instructions, emote,  and be careful not to swallow any slushy water, all at the same time,” recalls Chandran. To look all red-eyed, glycerine was poured into his eyes everyday. But after the third day, even a whole bottle  wouldn’t bring tears!

The film has been shot across the country from Rajasthan  to the North East.  Chandran has done it all, from running barefoot in thorny sugarcane fields to trekking in tropical forests. The best compliments came from his friends after the audio launch, “We couldn’t see Chandran on screen, only a character we didn’t know.”

Stay up to date on all the latest Entertainment Tamil news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp