In the past one decade, Tamil cinema has developed a penchant towards making period films, despite the practical difficulties in doing so.
The recent addition is Suriya’s ‘Thaana Serndha Kootam’ directed by Vignesh Shivan, which is running successfully in cinema halls. The movie is set in the 1980s. Mykollywood.com takes you a trip around period flicks that were made in the recent past.
It is a 2008 period drama film produced, written, and directed by M Sasikumar. The low-budget film received critical acclaim for its original script, expert direction, screenplay, editing, accurate sets and costumes to resurrect Madurai from the 1980s.
Sasikumar cast then relatively new actors Jai, Swathi, Ganja Karuppu and himself in pivotal roles. Shot in 85 days, it became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year. The movie was dubbed into Malayalam under the same name and remade in Kannada in 2012 as ‘Prem Adda’.
The story takes place in the Subramaniapuram area of Madurai city. A convict is released from prison in 2008 and is stabbed outside the prison gates. The film then moves to 1980s.
It is a 2014 period comedy film written and directed by Ram starring Vishnu and Nandita. Produced by Thirukumaran Entertainments’ C V Kumar in association with Fox Star Studios, it features music by Sean Roldan, editing by Leo John Paul and camerawork by P V Sankar.
Based on a short film Ram himself shot in 2011 for the TV show, Naalaya Iyakunar, the film is set in the 80s in a fictional village called Mundasupatti, where people believe bad luck will befall them if they are photographed.
The story illustrates what happens when two photographers visit the village. The film was shot in 57 days in Sathyamangalam, which has houses that are over a 100 years old.
It is a 2014 romantic drama film written and directed by Jeeva Shankar featuring Sathya and Mia George in the lead roles while Sathya’s elder brother, actor Arya produced the film.
The movie featured a soundtrack composed by Ghibran. It opened to mixed reviews in September 2014. The movie begins with Jeeva (Sathya) being taken to court, where he recalls his past.
In 1989, at the beginning of his 12th standard, his friend Balaji (Ananth Nag) falls in love with Kartika (Miya) their classmate. Jeeva talks to Kartika on Balaji’s behalf but he is shocked to know that she is actually in love with him and not his friend.
The film began production in October 2012 in Ooty, with costume designer Sai preparing clothes for the film’s 1980s backdrop. Since the film was set in 1988-89, the director had wanted an 80s feel to the songs but Ghibran suggested a more contemporary sound, which, he felt, would appeal to modern-day audience.
Ghibran stated that there would be “subtle references” to the music of the period the film is set in, especially in the use of instrument.
Baahubali 1 & 2
Call it the mother of all period films, the Baahubali series is a directed by S S Rajamouli. The film was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni and was shot in Telugu and Tamil.
The film stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, and Tamannaah in the lead roles, with Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, and Nassar in supporting roles.
The film was conceived by Rajamouli’s father K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, who randomly told him a story about Sivagami, a woman who carries a baby in her hand while crossing a river, and a few years later about Kattappa, which intrigued Rajamouli.
His fascination with mythology and the tales of Amar Chitra Katha comics further fueled his interest in the story. However, it took the writers three months to finalise the final draft. The soundtrack and background score were composed by M M Keeravani while the cinematography, production design, and VFX were handled by K K Senthil Kumar, Sabu Cyril and V Srinivas Mohan respectively.