The Coronavirus-induced lockdown has led to panic everywhere in the world and the emergence of ‘new regular’. One of many points of it’s that movies, meant for theatres, are releasing straight on-line. One of many first such movies that can come out on an OTT platform is the Tamil courtroom drama Ponmagal Vandhal. The movie stars Jyotika and she or he’s additionally one of many producers alongside along with her actor hubby Suriya. It’s all set to launch on Amazon Prime on Could 29 and this choice led to a pointy response from the exhibitors down South. The Tamil Nadu Theatre and Multiplex House owners Affiliation have threatened to ban movies produced by or that includes Suriya.
Speaking to a small group of choose journalists yesterday, Jyotika defined why they determined to take the OTT bait. She says, “It’s a beautiful platform, positively due to the Covid-19 scenario. It’s positively a celebration when the movie releases in theatres. We’d like viewers to clap and applaud. We write scenes for that! However I suppose, in these occasions, it’s only truthful that producers get that chance to let small movies out. As a result of even after we overcome the pandemic, it’ll solely be the massive movies that will probably be lined up for launch. So I don’t see a movie, for instance, like Ponmagal Vadhal releasing in theatres within the subsequent 1 ½ years. As a result of by the legislation of how the theatres work, the smaller movies get an opportunity a lot later. Therefore, retaining in thoughts the circumstances – the truth that ours is a small, women-centric movie and the Covid-19 scenario, I really feel it’s a wonderful platform given to us on the proper time. I believe the small funds movies actually deserve it.”
Whereas there are far too many multiplexes as in comparison with single screens up North, the scenario is vice-versa down South. Therefore, for a movie like Ponmagal Vadhal, a web based launch works higher. Jyotika explains, “A women-centric movie doesn’t have a giant attain among the many mass viewers contemplating that we don’t have too many multiplexes right here. So, OTT positively appears to be a fantastic choice for such a movie. Proper now, we’re releasing in 200 international locations and territories. So it’s a fantastic platform and really a lot wanted for content material, women-oriented movies. And it’s a really complicated time since one can’t actually determine whether or not a selected movie ought to go to theatre first and never OTT or vice versa. And I ask, if a movie is good and has launched on OTT first, why can’t or not it’s launched in theatres afterward for a bigger viewers?”
As for allegations that leaping on to OTT can have an effect on the exhibition sector, Jyotika causes, “I don’t suppose anyone goes to get affected. All of them – producers, exhibitors and OTT – are on the identical facet. So every time the theatres open up, they’ll by no means go empty. They’ll have their set of audiences. And with OTT, we’re simply rising markets and making the enterprise higher.”
The response to the Ponmagal Vadhal’s trailer has been phenomenal and Jyotika feels that even greater movies ought to strive their luck right here. She exults, “We’re all making an attempt and testing on this scenario. We by no means anticipated to hit 10 million views in 2 days for the trailer of a movie like Ponmangal Vadhal. This wouldn’t ideally have occurred if we had been coming to the theatres. So it’s like our first-time examination whereby we are attempting to know the way it works. However positively, massive movies can come on this platform too!”
Jyotika within the movie performs a lawyer and when requested concerning the greatest problem, she tells, “Although I’m based mostly in Chennai for 12 years, Tamil continues to be not my mom tongue. So to mouth steady prolonged dialogues was a problem. I did take my script two months in the past and mugged the dialogues. We additionally went for prolonged photographs.”
The trailer of Ponmagal Vadhal makes for a fantastic watch additionally as a result of it’s set in Ooty. It’s a spot that was as soon as a go-to-destination for our Bollywood filmmakers. Jyotika reveals, “Ooty is at all times lovely. Any hill station in India – whether or not in North or South – have their very own really feel. Nevertheless, I just lately learn a really humorous touch upon social media which mentioned that why do you shoot solely thrillers, crime and horror movies in such a phenomenal place like Ooty? That particular person commented that he feels scared to go to Ooty now! Having mentioned that, the place continues to be untouched. And we shot there at a time when it obtained the very best recorded rainfall within the final 60-70 years. So it was at its most magnificence.” She additionally nevertheless provides, “Our DOP Ramji can be liable for the sweetness!”
When requested when if the movie, based mostly on little one rape, is predicated on or impressed from a real incident, she remarks, “It’s a story that’s taking place each single day in India. You’ll be able to name it a ‘true story’ in that sense. Since two years, I’ve been studying about little one rape, abduction and rather more gory stuff each single day. So when this story got here my method, I made a decision to go for it.”
Jyotika additionally stresses on the truth that girls are lastly being provided stronger components, “There was an enormous change within the final 5-7 years. There have been a number of women-centric movies, 90% of them achieved nicely. As in comparison with male-centric movies the place it’s 50-50! So women-centric movies principally provide you with good content material and we work thrice as a lot as tougher at all times to get it proper as a result of we’ve got to persuade the viewers with out the dancing, motion and so on and bundle our movie accordingly. Nevertheless, the one factor that’s not choosing up is that as the ladies are ageing, we don’t have roles for 35+ heroines. Movies are nonetheless made for youthful ones. So I believe that’ll be very path breaking to see, throughout India, if extra movies are on girls above 35 or 40 or 50 years of age, prefer it’s achieved in Hollywood.”
Jyotika married in 2006 and is now a mom of two children – Diya and Dev. She took a break of a few years from performing after which she made a comeback in 2015. Jyotika says, “At present I’m a mom. I’ve put apart my priorities and I take a look at what my children like. So there’s a number of change in a girl after marriage and having children. Something I take up, I need my children to see it. I need them to really feel happy with my work. I don’t need that any person ought to embarrass them by remarking that ‘I noticed your mom (in an objectionable movie)’. For me, household comes first and therefore, I’m emotionally invested in every character that I do. I’m answerable to my children. I simply don’t wish to advise them; I’d slightly be an instance to them!”
Jyotika began her performing profession with a Bollywood movie. Will she wish to make a comeback in Bollywood as nicely? She tells, “I simply did one movie in Hindi, which was additionally my debut – Doli Saja Ke Rakhna. However the rule in Bollywood is that if the primary movie doesn’t run, then you definitely don’t actually get a number of work! Then I received a proposal down South because of my sister Nagma. So I simply drifted to the South and I began getting work right here. But when a pleasant supply from Bollywood comes my method, I’d love to come back residence and converse Hindi!”
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