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Ranjith's past inspired 'Madras'

Ranjiths past inspired Madras
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Director P Ranjith says his brief stint as a signboard artist inspired him to write the story of ‘Madras’. The Tamil film presents the story of two groups fighting for the ownership of a wall

Director P Ranjith says his brief stint as a signboard artist inspired him to write the story of ‘Madras’. The Tamil film presents the story of two groups fighting for the ownership of a wall

"I'm a student of College of Fine Arts. I've worked for a while as a signboard artist and have painted for several local brands on walls. I've seen people fight over a wall. Sometimes a small misunderstanding had aggravated into a bigger issue," Ranjith said.

 Karthi and Catherine Tresa in 'Madras'

"I felt this would be an interesting story to narrate on screen. This small idea was inspired from real life and I sat down and developed it into a script," he added.

He said that he has portrayed the wall in ‘Madras’ as a character. "Some people in the film fear the wall, while others are protected by it. All this automatically makes it a character of high importance. Just like how you showcase a person in different shots such as close-up and wide angle, the wall too is featured in a similar fashion," he said.

"The wall you see in the fight sequence is showcased differently in a love montage. The shots for the wall were designed keeping in mind different moods in the story," he added.

Predominantly shot in a few places in north Madras, the film features Karthi and Catherine Tresa in the lead roles.

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