Madurai-based filmmaker Vinothraj PS’s debut film, Pebbles (Koozhangal), won the Tiger Competition Award at the 50th International Film Festival of Rotterdam last week, becoming the second Indian film and the first Tamil film to win the coveted honour.He would run into a film crew almost every day in Madurai, a popular shooting location for the mainstream Tamil movies. “I had butterflies in my stomach when I saw a cinematographer on a crane for the first time.
Pebbles (Koozhangal), Vinothraj PS’ Tamil directorial which is produced by Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, became the first Tamil film to win the prestigious Tiger Award at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on Sunday.
One of the few instances where modernity makes an appearance in PS Vinothraj’s debut film Pebbles is when a little boy stops to gaze at an aeroplane ﹣ a pale white speck in the blazing sky ﹣while running away from his furious father.Vinothraj’s film is a little bit of everything ﹣ a comedy, a road-movie, a drama about a dysfunctional family ﹣and at the same time, none of these but a collection of photographs that tell the story of a landscape.
Walking Talking Strawberry Icecream, the upcoming Tamil film, which will be the next production venture of filmmaker Vignesh Shivan and actor Nayanthara’s home banner Rowdy Pictures, was launched during an inaugural ceremony on February 27.
The film’s gaze seems to suggest that something like domestic abuse happens only in their families and not in families of students enrolled in Excellence Coaching Academy – the institute run by Lallan (Aditya Shrivastava) that takes lakhs as fees for coaching and was one of the reasons for Anand Kumar’s fame as a professor.
After essaying the lead role in Thenmaerku Paruva Kaatru in 2011, Sethupathi’s 2012 movies also included Karthik Subbaraj’s Pizza – yet another low budget film that was received well. “He was well-built and muscular then” says Premkumar, “so he had to lose a few pounds to play me. ” The actor, Premkumar declares, was spontaneous, breezily, organically working in some of his mannerisms into the character. “I would pet almost every stray dog on the road, randomly practice bowling with pebbles on the road… he’d weaved all of that into Prem that you’d seen on screen.