All set for the right break
After struggling for a couple of years to get the right break, many filmmakers move on to their next scripts. There are a few exceptions and director Saran K Advaithan is one such person. He has been waiting for nearly 15 years to make his debut with Kalathur Gramam! “In 2001, I had roped in Mammootty sir for a film, but the film didn’t materalise. I had the outline of Kalathur Gramam in 2004 and later developed it into a script. I had approached many producers, but they were all hesitant even after liking the script. The film would have worked well if it had released then,” Saran begins his conversation, adding, “Now, there are a lot of films in a similar pattern. But, I have immense faith in my script and I recently screened the film to the press. There was positive feedback and it has given me confidence.”
Since Kalathur Gramam is a period flick that will chronicle thirty years (from 1970 to 2000), the team had to give importance to make-up. “Patnam Shah had done the make-up for the film and it was exceptional. Post the release, he will be hailed for his hard work.”
Set in the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, the film is about the conflict that arises between Kishore and the police officials when the former is involved in a particular activity. “We picked Pudhupatti village after looking at nearly 130 villages,” he concludes. Kalathur Gramam, produced by AR Movie Paradise has music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.