The Indian Panorama section at IFFI 54 kicked off with the Malayalam film Aattam, directed by Anand Ekarshi. This cinematic exploration delves into the intricate dynamics between an individual and a group amidst challenging situations, offering an immersive experience for film enthusiasts.
IFFI; UNVEILING THE THEMES
Director Anand Ekarshi shed light on the film’s overarching theme, emphasizing that it transcends gender or patriarchy. While cantering around the interplay between an individual woman and a group of men, the narrative is layered with gender dynamics without being specific to any region or gender.
A CINEMATIC JOURNEY
Spanning 140 minutes, Aattam boasts a cast led by Vinay Forrt and Zarin Shihab, helmed by director Anand Ekarshi. Ekarshi elucidated that the plot evolves around the dynamic between an individual and a collective, distancing itself from direct inspiration from “12 Angry Men” despite drawing parallels.
INCEPTION AMIDST PANDEMIC CONVERSATIONS
Vinay Forrt, the lead actor, revealed that the film’s conception originated during a trip with theatre friends amidst the COVID pandemic. This endeavour aimed to encapsulate their friendship, bonding, and artistic endeavours within a cinematic narrative, a project close to Forrt’s heart.
THE DIRECTOR’S EXPERTISE
Forrt lauded Anand’s directorial finesse in understanding and utilizing each actor’s strengths, translating into compelling performances on screen. He expressed that Aattam holds a deeply personal connection for him, resonating as a familial endeavour.
ARTISTRY AND ADAPTATION
Zarin Shihab praised the film’s response, highlighting the director’s adept use of theatrical elements to enrich the storytelling experience on screen. The transition from theatre to cinema presented a challenge for the actors, addressed through meticulous rehearsals.
CHALLENGES IN CINEMATIC ADAPTATION
The director emphasized the transition for stage actors to the cinematic realm, outlining the importance of rehearsals to acclimate to the camera and set dynamics, especially for those debuting in cinema through this project.
NUANCED SOUND DESIGN
Renganath Ravi, the movie’s sound designer, discussed the complexities of shooting with a considerable ensemble in a single location. He highlighted how sound design contributed nuanced layers to the film’s storytelling.
SYNOPSIS AND PRODUCTION DETAILS
Aattam revolves around a theatre group’s intricate dynamics when given an international opportunity. Friendship, betrayal, and moral dilemmas shape the narrative as truths unravel, challenging perceptions. Anand Ekarshi serves as the director and writer, with Joy Movie Productions LLP as the producer. The film stars Vinay Forrt and Zarin Shihab, capturing the essence of dramatic tension within a theatrical setting.