AMR Ramesh, who made the film ‘Cyanide Kuppi’ a couple of years ago, resurfaces with ‘Kaavalar Kudiyiruppu’. The film’s shooting has been completed and the film is gearing up for an early release.
The film deals with the riots that rock our country, damage its social structure and take away many innocent persons’ lives. In the aftermath of the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, riots rocked the country in many places. Bangalore was one of the worst-hit city along with Mumbai but witnessed a moving incident wherein a couple’s affair culminated in their matrimonial bliss. ‘Kaavalar…’ traces the trajectory of the lives of these two, who were caught in the vortex of time and dragged along.
Both the girl and the boy, who unite after the riots, happen to be neighbours in the ‘Kaavalar Kudiyiruppu’ (Police Quarters) located in the riot-hit city. Their love not only transcends caste and economic differences but is a tale of sacrifice, affection, faith, gratitude and unflinching confidence.
James Vasanthan, who scored music for films like ‘Subramaniapuram’ and ‘Pasanga’, has scored the music for ‘Kaalvar Kudiyiruppu’. James is known to be very choosy about the films to which he composes music. Four out of the five songs in the film happen to be background songs, with no one lip-synching them. Song sequences have been picturized neatly and aesthetically so as to sustain the viewers’ interest and preventing them from taking a break for a cigar.
Four songs have been penned by Naa, Muthukumar while Yugabarathy has written a solitary song in the film.
As the film is shown to be taking place in three different phases in the years 1968, 1992 and 2009 (present), cinematographer Dwarakanath has cleverly used three ‘different’ colours in depicting those sequences. Art director has taken utmost care in ensuring that the vehicles, dresses, habits and the backdrop are in symmetry with the period in which they are shown.
Stunt choreographer Thavasiraj has choreographed stunt sequences in a rather practical manner. The riot sequences were filmed on the famous DVG Road in Bangalore, which actually witnessed riots of massive dimension in the aftermath of the Masjid demolition. More than 1,000 junior artistes were used in these sequences. The cooperation rendered by the local government is worth a mention here. The local police sent 200 of its men to provide security to the film’s crew while filming these sequences.
Incidentally, the initial sequences were filmed in the same Police Quarters in which the story took place, making the people in the neighbourhood nostalgic. The shooting brought tears to their eyes. The footage on the actual demolition of Babri Masjid and the subsequent violent sequences have been legally obtained from a leading private television channel and have been inserted in the film to match the film’s mood.