A real temple built for shoot

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 10, 2010 03:33 hrs

Producer SA Chandrasekar is a man on the move. The energetic producer is well into another project being directed by his former assistant Senapathy Magan who is debuting with the film Veluthu Kattu.

Around sixty days of the shoot is already over and SAC is taking his time to complete the project. “I want to make a good film and leave no stone unturned for this,” says SAC.

The film has newcomers Kadhir and Arundhati who play village characters. Apparently the duo were asked to wear only pavadai dhavani and lungi shattai throughout the shoot period to get into the feel of the characters they play. A three month rehearsal was also held for them before shooting began.

While shooting in the villages near Dindigal and other places, the unit needed several temples for the shoot. In the area of Ambasamudram, instead of using a set, SAC decided to make a real vinayagar temple ten feet away from the Thamrabharani river and then leave it for the villagers to use. Nearly 3 lakhs was spent on the temple which had a kumbabhishekam and a feast for the entire village of nearly 2000 people during the 20 day shoot.

While shooting in Aiyapetti the unit saw nearly 100 Ayyanar statues of over 5 feet height which were used in the shoot. However when a giant 30 feet Ayyanar was needed SAC decided to have a real one made with cement and mortar and after the shoot it was left installed in the village for the locals to worship.

SAC has also built the compound wall of an Amman temple near Sedipetti which was also used in the shooting. Explaining it all he says, “The director had told me he wanted to shoot in real locations where the story takes place in the film and not on sets. In keeping with this I thought of also making these temples as a goodwill gesture instead of using mere sets.

” The film has music by Bharani and is a powerful, pucca commercial action film but its ‘action without fights told in a powerful and poetic way’. Will there be an special appearance by his son Vijay in the film ? “Not in this film,” clarifies SAC.

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