The film has been produced by JP Alex, Grace Jayanthi Rani and JP Amalan under the Golden Star Productions banner. Vanam has been written and directed by Srikantan Anand who previously directed Thappu Thanda (2017).
Speaking to Silverscreen India, Srikantan said, “Vanam is a fantasy thriller with some horryfing and mysterious elements. The film’s plot revolves around the concept of reincarnation and it emphasises the importance of conserving forest and nature, overall. Besides, Vanam is a socially responsible film which gives a glimpse into the lives of Paliyar tribes.”
According to the director, actor Vetri plays a role of a fine arts college student, Smruthi as a documentary filmmaker and Anu Sithara as a tribal woman. The film also features actors Vela Ramamoorthy as a Zamindar, Azhagam Perumal as fine arts college principal and Ravi Venkatraman in pivotal roles. Srikantan noted that Vanam is a content-driven film and it is also technically sound.
“We started working on Vanam in 2018. We began with an idea to work on something based on the idea of reincarnation. We took around 8 months to finish the script. Writer Sab John who had written for films like Gunaa, mentored us during the writing process. Later I pitched it to Alex, my long time friend. He liked the story and agreed to produce it.”
Vanam was shot for around 22 days between November and December in 2019 in Kurangani hills, Government Fine Arts College in Chennai and palaces in Karaikudi. Following that the team took a long while to finish the post-production work as the film has a lot of graphics and sound work.
“We have used Dolby Atmos effects for the portions shot in the forest. The audience will get the feel of being in a forest while watching the film in the theatres. The film’s music composer Ron Ethan Yohann has done Indian classical background score for the period portions and western classical for the scenes set in present time.”
Ron had previously worked in films like Maya and Game Over. The camera has been handled by cinematographer Vikram Mohan. Art director Veeramani Ganesan is also a part of the film’s technical team. Srikantan said that the team did extensive homework and research to design the sets and noted that it was challenging to put sets on hilly terrain.
“It’s a film that needs to be experienced in the theatre. Vanam can be watched to everyone including the family audience because of its strong emotional connection and the reincarnation idea. The film will be released in around 125 theatres in Tamil Nadu,” he added.