Director Saravanan Rajendran, the brother of National award-winning director Raju Murugan and a former assistant to Kamal Haasan, has a visible excitement in his tone as he starts talking about his upcoming film Mehandi Circus.
“Mehandi Circus is about life, love and the paths that an individual crosses. It has portrayed love in a different light,” begins Saravanan. The film has dialogues penned by Raju Murugan. When asked if the film will have hard-hitting messages like his brother’s Joker, he says, “No, the film will not be preachy. Meanwhile, when I say love, it is not a light-hearted romantic entertainer. Mehandi Circus is about two different individuals, who in the journey think about their past, the memories they have treasured and are going through a pain that could be unexplained.”
The director tells us that the story is set in the backdrop of 90s and 2000s and marks Shweta Tripathi’s debut in Tamil. “The movie will predominantly have the 90s backdrop to it. Recreating sets from that time was quite a task because there are mobile towers everywhere and everyone has a mobile phone in their hands or pockets. Also, the nameboards of shops weren’t painted like how they were in the 90s. The script required such minute detailing. We scouted for several locations before zeroing in on a place called Poombarai, a village near Kodaikanal. The market there looked exactly like how it was in the 90s and we altered a few more things. For some shots, we deliberately avoided keeping modernised things in the frame while the others were cut using CG,” he elaborates.
The title of Mehandi Circus has attracted the audience’s attention for the film that is expected to hit the screens in February. “The story is about a girl named Mehandi, who works in a circus. The film talks about one of the traditions that’s now extinct in Tamil Nadu. Shweta also trained herself to play a girl performing in a circus and has pulled off some of the most challenging scenes easily,” he concludes.