Filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj, cinematographer Sathyan Sooryan, and actors Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Arjun Das share their expertise being an element of the large Pongal launch, ‘Grasp’, starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi
Lokesh Kanagaraj – Director
Grasp’s story unfolds in Chennai and Nagercoil; it’s an motion entertainer movie. It was a brand new expertise for me working with Vijay anna.
I did have fears about how I used to be going to deal with a movie with a giant star, however that dissipated in the first couple of days of shoot as a result of he (Vijay) consciously builds a consolation house for technicians on set. It’s his nature, and I might say that it rubbed off on us as nicely. So we labored with out stress for the 129 days that we shot the movie.
The concept with Grasp was to make a movie that satisfies Vijay anna’s followers but additionally make a film that the widespread viewers would love as nicely. He too needed to be half of such a movie as he needed to do one thing totally different. The largest promoting level of the movie will probably be the conflict between Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.
With every large star I work, my greatest takeaway has been to stay extra humble than earlier than. One factor I want to make clear is that irrespective of their stardom, none of my actors have requested me to compromise on my script.
My debut movie, Maanagaram has been my identification to this point. Even when Kamal [Haasan] sir signed me on, Kaithi had not launched at that time; he solely had Maanagaram to go by earlier than making his alternative. It simply proves that large stars are watching younger filmmakers and that they’re eager to work with us. So our craft turns into a recognition level if they’re to handpick us.
Sathyan Sooryan – Cinematographer
We needed Grasp to mirror our earlier work (Sathyan was the cinematographer for Kaithi as nicely). Which means, although it’s Vijay sir’s movie, additionally it is our movie. So there will probably be subtlety in mass moments.
In the cinematography, I needed to distinguish between the two distinctive worlds of JD (Vijay) and Bhavani (Vijay Sethupathi). These two worlds could have totally different textures in the visible template. One world is populated with school college students, the different has inmates of an statement house.
I ought to thank Lokesh as a result of he didn’t demand any star-driven visuals from me. What occurs with respect to star pushed movies in Tamil cinema is that we are going to be anticipated to mannequin our visible language on a profitable template that was set earlier than. However Lokesh has not made Grasp appear like both a Vijay movie or a Vijay Sethupathi movie.
Each Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi are versatile and hardworking. Vijay does his homework even earlier than he involves set; he plans his strains and scenes and works creatively in a means that his followers will like, although this is not going to be seen on the spot as a result of there hardly can be any rehearsals. As technicians, we could have a suggestion about what Vijay is prone to do, and he offers his all in the first take.
So for me, I needed to be on my toes to seize the whole lot in the first take, there can’t be any errors like the mistaken framing, or somebody erringly coming into the scene at the mistaken second and so on.
Vijay Sethupathi, on the different hand, is somebody who improvises quite a bit on the spot, that means we now have the liberty of a couple of extra takes. Each folks belong to totally different faculties of preparation.
Shanthnu Bhagyaraj – Actor
For a star child like me, the greatest job is to outlive. No matter I did in the final decade in Tamil cinema, it all the time evoked comparisons with what my father (Bhagyaraj) did. At one level, I had confronted so many hurdles and rejections.
However then, Grasp got here alongside. It created a lot pleasure that I feel it has given me the variety of visibility that no different challenge of mine has to this point.
I’ve performed a small portion in the movie, however there are lots of takeaways for me. Lokesh Kanagaraj, I understood how a brand new technology director approaches cinema and the necessities he has from his actors.
With Vijay anna, I realised the focus, dedication and self-discipline he has for the craft. I’ve all the time interacted with him in casual settings and handled him as a giant brother, however Grasp was the first probability for me to watch him as an actor. So many issues about him encourage me, however the most essential of all of them is how he goes out of his approach to make everybody comfy.
Arjun Das – Actor
Lokesh gave me a profession on this trade. So so far as I’m involved, if he calls me for a job in his movie, I’ll settle for and go. I don’t must see a script or hear a line or two about the story. That’s the way it occurred with Grasp as nicely.
I don’t assume it’s got something to do with me enjoying a villain position in Grasp; I’d have completed any position as a result of I contemplate it to be a blessing to be an element of a movie that has each Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi in it. For thus a few years, I’ve solely watched their movies in theatres in awe, and now I’ve labored alongside them.