When debutante filmmaker Hari Viswanath made an 83-minute film titled Radiopetti, he never thought it would go international! The film won an award in the Busan International Film Festival under the ‘New Currents’ competition category. Hari says the film revolves around the story of a hearing impaired, retired old man and a vintage radio box. It speaks about his love for listening to radio, which was given to him by his dad, in a way that affects his everyday life. This is the first Tamil film and second film from India to win this prestigious award.
“The story is set in Puducherry and partially deals with how senior citizens have been unable to cope with the fast-paced world of today, which makes them lonely,” explains Hari. The whole idea struck Hari when he saw a man who couldn’t hear well walking on the road. “Nobody paid attention to him and it set me thinking about the lives of elderly people. I also took inspiration from my personal experiences. The story is partially real and partly fictional,” smiles Hari.
Shot in 15 days on a budget of less than one crore, actors in the film are new to the industry but have been performing in stage plays for many years. The film will have its theatrical release post January. While stage artiste Lakshmanan has played the lead role of the old man, Nivas Adithan, who has done roles in Ula and Kaaka Muttai, plays his son. Richard Ford, a British music composer, has composed music for Radiopetti.
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