Investigative, horror-thriller Cold casestarring Prithviraj Sukumaran, which hits Amazon Prime on June 30, will be the actor’s first film to be released on the OTT platform. The film is the first advertising film director and cameraman Tanu Balaka. As the release draws near, Tanu is happy. “I tried my best and the reviews from those who saw it are positive,” he says.
His last appearance in the cinema was the role of a cameraman in a movie. Of people in 2008. “I started making promotional films, hence the 13-year hiatus,” he explains. He worked with screenwriter Srinath W. Nath on the script during the isolation: “Almost 80% of everything was done during the pandemic.” Filming lasted 45 days in November-December 2020 in Thiruvananthapuram.
The team did not expect a second wave when they worked on the script as the situation seemed to be improving. “Although it was written during the pandemic, it doesn’t seem to be based on the present period because we didn’t think we would still wear masks and that the situation [COVID-19] will continue. “Excerpts from the interview:
How was the shooting going in the setting?
When we mapped out a plan [for filming], we decided to finish all the interior scenes first. Towards the end of the schedule, we ventured out into the street. Fortunately nothing [COVID-19 infection] happened, and we were able to withstand the schedule of more than 45 days. Even during filming, we were careful not to stay in a hotel or drive home – so that even if something happened, others would not get infected.
What is “Cold Case” about?
This is a detective horror movie. When we talk about horror, I mean there are scary parts, but this is not a full-blown horror movie. Cold case police officer investigation. Usually in such an investigation film there is a victim and a culprit to be found. But this film begins with identifying the victim and then solving the crime. It also has supernatural elements.
Is it inspired by a real event?
Not. This is fiction, any resemblance to a real incident is accidental.
What piqued Prithviraj’s interest?
For him, the script is the main factor. He should like it. Jomon T John [cinematographer], one of the producers, read the script and liked it. He showed it to Prithviraj, who clearly liked it. He’s a star, but nothing from his character in the film [the cop, Sathyajith] “Shows” this aspect. No fights or tricks. He knew exactly what his role was – an investigator who solved the case using his intelligence. We show you how the investigation will proceed as usual.
Was the film intended for an OTT release?
The film was made for a “theatrical experience,” which doesn’t mean that if it had been watched on the OTT platform, it wouldn’t have been there. If, for example, you watch it in your home theater, it will be much the same. In a theatrical space, sound effects would heighten the elements of horror.
However, this environment [OTT] has the advantage of reaching a wider audience. Moreover, in this film there is no such “regional content” as a politician, which a person from another region may not understand. It is independent of these links and therefore I believe it will reach everyone.
Your take on the horror thriller genre.
This is a genre that someone may like or not. But on OTT platforms, thrillers and similar content are in high demand, and 80% of the audience is “passionate” about it. However, you need to be careful with your approach to creation – that can go wrong too.