Sabu Cyril has just finished watching 'Enthiran' and is elated that months of hard work and brainstorming has paid off.
“For any film, the sets should be believable and a part of the story. Only after watching 'Enthiran' can one understand the amount of hard work and energy we have put in,” says the acclaimed art director.
His efforts did not stop at creating the sets. Sabu went on to contribute to the colours used and designs for costumes. “We all worked together on the designs and overall look,” he adds.
Sabu says the climax of 'Enthiran' will be one of the highlights of set designing. “We erected a huge set including a tar road and a number of hi-tech glass buildings which go up to 65 feet in height, near Mayajaal. That was one of the most expensive sets in the film. It was tough working on sets so huge because the winds could blow off the glass buildings,” explains Sabu, who feels that the movie will be a larger-than-life experience for the audience as much as it was for the crew during the shoot.
“When Rajinikanth acts in a movie, it becomes more powerful and thousand times stronger,” says the production designer, who is now busy with another sci-fi film, 'Ra.One'.
Sabu has earlier worked with Shankar in 'Boys' and 'Anniyan'. He says, “Each director has a different style, and working with Shankar is always an experience to remember. I do a lot of research for any film and 'Enthiran' was no exception. Enthiran was the biggest challenge I have ever faced.”
“For the song, 'Enthiran Enthiran', we used three different sets — one of copper, one with gold and one in silver. For 'Arima Arima', an entire palace was erected in Hyderabad,” says Sabu.