Investigative, horror-thriller Chilly Case, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, which drops on Amazon Prime on June 30, can be the actor’s first movie to launch on an OTT platform. The movie is ad-filmmaker and cinematographer Tanu Balak’s first as director. As the discharge attracts shut, Tanu is completely happy. “I’ve performed my finest and the suggestions from those that have seen it’s optimistic,” he declares.
His final outing, for a movie, was as cinematographer for Of The Folks in 2008. “I received busy making ad-films, therefore the 13-year break,” he explains. He labored with scenarist Sreenath V Nath on the script throughout the lockdown, “Nearly 80% of it was performed throughout the pandemic.” It was shot over 45 days in November-December, 2020 in Thiruvananthapuram.
The group didn’t anticipate the second wave once they labored on the script because the scenario gave the impression to be getting higher. “Although it was written on the time of the pandemic, it doesn’t seem to be it’s primarily based within the current interval, as a result of we didn’t suppose we might nonetheless be sporting masks and that the scenario [COVID-19] would proceed.” Excerpts from an interview:
How was it taking pictures within the scenario?
Once we charted the plan [for filming], we determined to first end all indoor scenes. It was in the direction of the top of the schedule that we ventured exterior. Fortunately, nothing [COVID-19 infection] occurred and we had been capable of maintain to the schedule of 45-odd days. Even when the shoot was in progress, we had been cautious — about staying at a lodge and never going dwelling— in order that even when one thing occurred, others wouldn’t be contaminated.
What’s ‘Chilly Case’ about?
That is an investigative horror thriller. Once we say horror, I imply there are scary components however it’s not a full-on horror movie. Chilly Case is a police officer’s investigation. Often, such an investigative movie can have a sufferer and there can be a offender who must be discovered. However this movie begins with searching for the id of the sufferer after which fixing the crime. There are supernatural components in it too.
Is that this impressed by a real-life occasion?
No. That is fiction, any resemblance to an actual incident is coincidental.
What piqued Prithviraj’s curiosity?
For him, the script is the primary issue. He has to love it. Jomon T John [cinematographer], one of many producers, learn and preferred the script. He confirmed Prithviraj who, clearly, preferred it. He’s a star, however nothing of his character within the movie [the cop, Sathyajith] ‘exhibits’ that facet. There are not any fights or stunts. He knew precisely what his position is — an investigating officer who solves a case utilizing his intelligence. We present how an investigation can be carried out within the regular course.
Was the movie supposed for an OTT launch?
The movie was made for a ‘theatre expertise’, that’s not to say that if one watches it over an OTT platform it wouldn’t be there. If, for instance, you watch it on a house theatre it might be nearly related. In a theatre house, the sound results would improve components of horror.
Nonetheless, this medium [OTT] has the benefit of reaching a bigger viewers. Particularly since this movie doesn’t have ‘regional content material’ like politics which an individual from one other area might not perceive. It’s impartial of these references and so I consider it’s going to attain everybody.
Your tackle the horror-thriller style.
It’s a style that some might like or not. However, on OTT platforms, thrillers and related content material have extensive acceptance with 80% of the viewers being ‘into’ it. That stated, one needs to be cautious about how one approaches making it — it might probably go improper additionally.