Setting the mood for the festival

Sabu Cyril has won four national awards and two Kerala State awards

It is the first time that art director Sabu Cyril has worked on a stage this big in India — for the International Film Festival of India that will happen in Goa in November. He has had big stages before, outside India — in the UAE and the USA, directing the stage design for the Miss World beauty pageant in 1996.

Here at the IFFI, he has followed the peacock theme from the logo design to the stages and the ambience of the festival, to create the mood. “I have really enjoyed it,” he says, a mild voice on a faraway phone call. Sabu is always away for work, having become a veteran in art direction after many years in cinema.

He has won four national awards and two Kerala State awards. There has also been a Tamil Nadu state award for his work in Kannathil Muthamittal. The last that’s brought him a lot of attention is the blockbuster Baahubali. “It was hard work for two-and-a-half years. I put my heart and soul into it. I couldn’t take any other work in between.”

Sabu has worked in over 115 films in various languages as an art director. Now it’s time for him to start work on the second part of Baahubali. “I have to do a better job than the first one,” he signs off.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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