Director Shakti Soundar Rajan says it was really brave of actor Jayam Ravi to work in his forthcoming thriller Miruthan, which happens to be Tamil cinema's first zombie film, despite being aware of the risks involved.
"It was an experiment that could've gone wrong and Ravi could've gone from a star with two back-to-back hits to butt of all jokes in the industry. It was a risky proposition, nevertheless he accepted the project with a lot of excitement," Rajan told IANS.
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A Challenging Climax
Featuring nearly 500 junior artists as zombies, shooting an action sequence, an integral part of the climax, was very challenging, according to the director Shakti Soundar Rajan.
A Nightmarish Sequence
"Logistically, shooting it was a nightmare. The 500 junior artists would start getting ready with make-up at 1 am and they'd finally get done by 10 am," the director recalled.
The film is high on visual effects (VFX) and director Shakti Soundar Rajan hopes most of it will be invisible to naked eye.
1000 VFX Shots
The director says there are about 1000 VFX shots in the film. "Though audiences may recognize 10-12 of them while watching the movie, rest all will be difficult to figure out," he added.
'Miruthan' Inspired By 'Warm Bodies'?
Rajan also brushed aside rumours regarding the film being based on Warm Bodies among other Hollywood zombie films. "I find such claims very silly," Rajan said, adding: "There are about 400-500 zombie films. In all of them, you will find similarities, like how the virus is born and how it turns people into zombies."
Miruthan will have a worldwide release on February 12th. While KJ Venkat Ramanan has edited the movie, it has been captured by S Venkatesh. D Imman has scored music for the film, that also features Kaali Venkat and Baby Anikha.
All it took the Naaigal Jaakirathai director to convince Ravi was one meeting.
"He instantly agreed, though he requested two days time to officially come on board. My producer, Michael Rayappan, was equally gutsy, because rarely will you find someone willing to bet on a zombie film," he said.
Having already made two films in different genres, Rajan says he chose to work in the zombie genre because he loves to work within the limitations of a genre.
"I find that exciting and challenging. After my last film, which turned out to be hugely successful, I had the opportunity to make a film on a large canvas; something bigger than my previous films in terms of budget, too," he said.
Shining more light on the film, he said he'd like to view it as a sci-fi action film.
"Although there's zombie angle in the story, I personally like to view this as a high-octane action film, which has appropriate amount of gore, acceptable by Tamil cinema standard," he said.
A team of 40 worked in the make-up department, which didn't feature a single foreign artist.
"I did not see the need to hire workforce from abroad, though we imported necessary material. Instead, we brought make-up artists who had worked on several Tamil period films," he said.
Ravi plays a traffic inspector in the film, which also features Lakshmi Menon.