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Reality of the myth

NITA SATHYENDRAN

A group of techies try their hand at filmmaking.

All of us were novices, but we learnt on the job



Murder mystery: A scene from ‘The Myth.’

There is a popular myth that the main deity in the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple floats on the sea, just like Lord Vishnu floats on the mythical Palazhi. Eight city-based young software engineers working with SunTec Business Solutions have tried to decipher this intimate relationship through their film ‘The Myth.’

With visuals of the ‘unusual’ waves in the temple pond and of ‘hidden’ underground passages connecting the temple to the sea, they try to add an element of credibility to the myth.

Budding filmmakers

Shot with a high definition video camera, the budding filmmakers have approached the subject in an original way, by trying to combine the modern murder mystery genre with the legend. Here, a series of murders and seemingly unconnected robberies may just turn out to have a cataclysmic effect on the city of Thiruvananthapuram.

The co-director of the film and one of its scriptwriters Bijoy P.I says, “We got such a positive response to our first, handycam-made short film ‘The Shadow,’ when it was screened at Technopark that we decided to try our luck with a full length feature.”

So the techies started the production company Megawave Media Productions and began the project, working only on weekends. “The film took four months to shoot and another two for post-production work,” reveals Bijoy.

“One day we would shoot and the next day we would review the previous day’s work and rectify the mistakes,” he adds.

Praveen R. who donned the lead role of an IPS officer in this action-packed film says, “All of us were novices, but we learnt on the job. Everything from the action to photography was really a group effort. It was often very difficult but we managed to have lots of fun.”

Commendable effort

The result is a commendable effort on the part of the techies, considering that they have had no formal training in the art of filmmaking and the limited resources available to them.

Actor Manianpillai Raju who watched the movie opined, “At a time when Malayalam cinema is facing a dearth of fresh talent, such an effort should be considered as a boon. The industry really needs enterprising people like them.”

Right now the guys at Megawave only plan to show the film to their colleagues at Technopark.

As for the future, a confident Bijoy says, “With the incredible support that SunTec gives us we intend to make more experimental films, hopefully each one better than the last.”

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