In an exclusive interview to sify.com, Prabhu Solomon speaks on Kayal.
What is Kayal about?
Kayal is a beautiful love story set in a fishing village in south Tamil Nadu where disaster struck in the form of a Tsunami in 2004. All my films are basically love stories set in a natural milieu. If Mynaa had a forest background, Kumki was about man-animal conflict, Kayal is about when Tsunami strikes a fishing village.
How do you work on your scripts and your preference for new actors?
I believe in my script and chose actors according to the characters.Basically I have a draft one-liner and I work on it during the shoot.I prefer newcomers because they are easy to mould and have no image problems. My core team is the music director D Imman, the cameraman, the production designer and the editor.
You are in sync with Imman, with whom you have a great combination going.
Yes Kayal is our fourth film together. I discuss my script in detail with him as BGM is an important aspect in my story telling. There are six songs in Kayal and they have come out really well. I’m introducing a new cameraman Vetrivel, who has done a good job. My lead actors Chandran and Anandi fits the role.
You have used Atmos for the first time. Please comment.
Sound plays a crucial role in Kayal, as it is set against the backdrop of Tsunami hitting the Tamil Nadu coast in 2004. Last 30 minutes of the film sound takes over, as nature plays villain. The 7.1 Atmos mix with 64 channels is ideal to create the Tsunami effect. Atmos sound is going to provide an awesome theatre experience. The climax visual effects-facilitated scenes in the film, is going to be a major highlight.
Is it true that Kayal is your highest budget film?
Yes Kayal is going to be my most expensive film till date. And in Escape Artist P Madan I found an ideal partner, who believed in my story. The film cost nearly Rs 15 Crore as we shot for nearly 100 days in various locations across India and special effects cost us a bomb. But I’m happy that the film has come out well and richness is there on the screen. Kayal will release on Christmas day – December 25, a day before the 10th anniversary of Tsunami hitting the Tamil Nadu coast – December 26, 2004.
In essence, we shot the climax first and now are busy working on the rest of the film. Most filmmakers shell out very less or limited time for VFX and that's why the output is not outstanding when we see it on the big screen.
Starring newcomers Chandran, Anandhi and Vincent, the film is currently being shot in different locations such as Kanyakumari, Ladakh and Rajasthan.