News Karnataka
Saturday, October 01 2022

Thota Tharrani says ancient temples are his reference points

Photo Credit : IANS

Chennai: National Award-winning art director Thota Tharrani has disclosed that temples provided the best reference for his team to create sets for director Mani Ratnam’s much-awaited magnum opus “Ponniyin Selvan 1”, the story of which is set in the tenth century.

In a video clip released by Lyca productions, the firm that is making the film along with director Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, the ace art director is seen saying: “I am doing this film with Mani (Mani Ratnam) after 28 years.”

Disclosing that he works out whatever he wants first on paper even today, the art director says: “Whatever I want, I work out on a paper. I work out on a graph, even today.”

Stating that the Latha Mandapam was the first set that the art department did for the film, the art director says: “Mani explained to me that he needed a little water front. So, what we did was to erect the whole water pond –two bodies and then the centre passage. It would lead to the exterior of the wall.”

Giving details of how they went about recreating the monuments of that era, he says: “We had a person to research on what was used at that time. For instance, did they write on palm leaves or on leather? Yalis were not kept like this. They were only kept in certain areas and things like that. One major source of information is the temples. These are the best references we can get. Two pillars cannot be the same. Only alternate pillars would have one design.”

The art director also sheds light on the enormous challenge his team faced while working on this epic film.

“We had some people to get dresses made for the animals. It was not easy. Everyday morning, (one had to) dress up the horse and give the actors — swords and the spears. Plus, dummies were made. We had to do it in wood, we had to do it in fibre glass and we had to do it in steel with fibre glass and supply them whenever they wanted.”

However, the art director and his team seems to have relished the challenge.

“We are making something which is already an epic. So, we have tried to work out on the epic,” he signs off.

Share this:
Support NewsKarnataka's quality independent journalism with a small contribution.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Visit 7Jackpots and find the best online casinos in India! Play the most popular casino games for real money!

Find the best odds at 10Cric and ipl betting 2021! Signup today and get up to a 100% deposit bonus.

To get the latest news on WhatsApp