Taking Indian cinema to the Global Realm

Aiming to create a periodic film of such a grandeur that can transcend the global boundaries, ace director Sundar C, who is thrilled to direct his next project Sangamithra, says his creation will be 100 per cent Indian with no trace of Western influence

Photo Caption: Sundar C Director

For close to two decades, India’s most respected and acclaimed Tamil film director Sundar C has been nourishing a dream -- to do a period film of such a grandeur that encompasses kingdoms, war, love, treachery, et all. That was the ambition to create Sangamithra.

Now the dream is on an execution mode as the top star cast and technical talent of the film are at the 70th Cannes Film Festival to launch one of India’s most expensive film to go on floor.

“Sangamithra is a 100 per cent Indian film and Indian story with no trace of influence from the West. The film will aim to exhibit Indian culture in all its grandeur. We are creating a visual imagery not seen so far. Never ever you would have seen such a grandeur in Indian cinema,” says Sundar, crediting producer N Ramasami, Chairman and MD of Thendandal Studios Ltd for showing the courage and confi dence to produce one of the costliest films from India.

“He had a spark on the project even when the script was in its nascent stage.”

Sundar C’s success rate in the industry is enviable. Almost all the 34 films that he has directed so far are either hits or super hits. He is known for sharing a good rapport with producers who invest huge money in his films, and he ensures that they get good returns on their investment.

Sundar is thrilled to have roped in some of the top technical minds in the project including Oscar Award Winner AR Rahman (music composer), Sabu Cyril (production designer), Thirunavukarasu S (cinematographer), Kamalakannan (VFX supervisor), Oscar Award Winner Resul Pookutty (sound designer), Anju Modi (costume designer).

“Everybody is working with the vision to bring the script to the screen. None of these people would have accepted to work unless there was some scope for them to perform and excel,” says Sundar who was influenced by Aayirathil Oruvan -- a 1965 Indian Tamil-language action-adventure film produced and directed by B.R. Panthulu, starring M.G. Ramachandran.

“It was unimaginaable to do this film in 1965. This was the major influence to do Sangamitra,” he says, adding, “Our aim is to take the Indian cinema to the international level through Sangamithra,” he adds.

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