M Suganth| TNN | Jun 15, 2017, 01.00 AM IS
Interestingly, he did not have a script when he started shooting, though he was mulling to work on a documentary involving a mass protest. “My wife Nirupama and I promote films at different film festivals. On January 10, a week before the Marina protest, I happened to see Clash, an Egyptian film that was based on the Arab Spring, and that sowed the seeds of an idea of making a similar film, a documentary, perhaps,” he reveals.
“But I’m sure that the audience, when they watch the film on the big screen, will have goosebumps and feel the excitement that was in the air during the days of the protests. And even those who were at the protest on all days or had been to Marina to be part of it for some time will find a totality of what actually happened there during all those days,” he promises.
He talks about a single scene that he had shot using a drone, which, he thinks could be the one scene with the highest number of people captured in a shot. “In this shot, the camera travels from the MGR memorial all the way to the lighthouse, and the number of people in this should be 12.5 lakh. The previous film that had such a huge number of people is apparently Gandhi, which had 3-lakh people taking part in the funeral scene of the Mahatma,” he informs.