By Sreedhar Pillai
After the stupendous success of AR Murgadoss directed Thuppakki set in Mumbai milieu, the city has become the new hot spot for Tamil films. In a superstitious industry, Mumbai is the new ‘lucky location’ for Tamil films
Today two big films- Vijay’s Vijay directed untitled film and cameraman Ravi K Chandran’s directorial debut film with Jiiva titled Yaan has started rolling in Mumbai. For director AL Vijay’s new untitled film with Ilayathalapathy, Mumbai was not the original location but was added on after Thuppakki became a hit.
Last week Vishnuvardhan’s untitled Ajith film completed its shoot in Mumbai where 80% of the shoot took place. Recently UTV’s Dehi Belly remake Settai directed by Kannan with Arya, Santhanam, Premgi , Hansika in the lead was shot in Mumbai.
AR Murgadoss the director of Thuppakki said : “ Mumbai is a friendly place to shoot a film with enough contrasting backdrops and availability of the latest equipment’s for the shoot .”
On why he shot Thuppakki in Mumbai, Murgadoss said : “ As per the storyline the entire film is set in Mumbai which also has a strong Tamil population. Many times Vijay sir got mobbed when shooting in certain areas.”
Santosh Sivan the cinematographer of Thuppakki in an earlier interview had remarked:“Mumbai is like an apple with two sides, one half ripe and good to eat and the other half rotten. I mean it is city where skyscrapers co-exist with slums. Basically it is a city of contrast. I love to shoot in Mumbai where everything you require for shooting a film is available.”
Added G Dhananjayan of UTV : "Just look at the films, which are shot in Mumbai: Baasha with Rajinikanth, Nayakan with Kamal Haasan, Mankatha with Ajith and Thuppakki with Vijay. All these films are crime and action based thrillers. Mumbai as a city suits perfectly for such a theme compared to any other city in India. Hence, any big film's theme, which has crime or thriller as the backdrop Mumbai is the ideal location".