Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shooting "KADAKSHAM"

The shooting of Sashi Paravur's Malayalam film KADAKSHAM started at Kuttikanam Ashley Bungalow on 26 Sept 2009. The film introducing new comer Shweta Vijay also stars Suresh Gopi, Shweta Menon, Jagathy, Indrans, Madhupal, Kottayam Nazeer, Anoop Chandran, aby Manasa etc. Also Producer A.V.Anoop ( Medimix) plays a pivotal role. Old friends Art Director Krishnan Kutty and Editor Venu along with Music Director M.Jayachandran and Pattanam Rasheed ( Make up) formed the main crew.

The weather was pretty bad as it was either raining in spells or misty and cold and confined us mainly to indoor shooting. We had a few days work at Koottikkal Bungalow at Koottikkal. It was there, on 30 th evening we heard the news about the boat tragedy at Thekkady.( see my earlier blog for more details)

We had also our share of near escapes - while going up hill at night from Mundakkayam to Peermedu after the shooting the brakes of our Scorpio failed and we somehow managed to stop the vehicle and got down. While on the way we passed a bus which also had brake failure and managed to stop by jamming against the rocky side wall. We used to drive in the road with heavy mist and never realized the depth of the valley down.

October 9, 2009: We were shooting at a place called Wembley named after some European planter.Some one told us about a very tall waterfall near by. So we went in our Scorpio through some very rough or no road to reach the falls. It wes quite interesting but reaching there with unit etc is difficult. While trying to reverse the vehicle it got bogged down in the mud and we had to summon help to get it back on road. Meanwhile we took an autorickshaw ride back to Wembley. The Scorpio once again had to be sent for repairs!

October 11, 2009: Learnt the news that FEFKA got approval from IFFEC. Sweets were distributed in a happy atmosphere. Hope peace will prevail in the film industry.

October 13, 2009: We were shooting at Vagamon grass hills.The weather played villain. Suddenly from bright sunshine it became misty and started raining heavily and we had to abandon shooting.

October 14, 2009: Today's shooting was at Mundakkayam. Again rain interrupted our work by 2 pm

The spell of rain continued for another day or two and we were confined to indoor work.

October 17, 2009; Diwali day! No celebrations , just a usual working day!

October 24, 2009; We finished the schedule's work by 5 pm at Mundakkayam.Immediately it started raining and seems like an auspicious sign!

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