Rohin Venkateswaran on his debut directorial venture
ADHE Kangal is a labour of love for its director Rohin Venkatesan. It takes a little prodding to get the man talking about the story. “The film is about a blind chef’s journey through newfound love, retrieved vision and a whole bunch of twists, turns and answers along the way,” he says, as he grudgingly obliges to divulge details about this romantic thriller. Rohin, who holds a Masters in Film Direction from LV Prasad Film Institute, has earlier worked as an assistant to director Vishnuvardhan.
“Everything I know about direction, I learned while working with Vishnuvardhan. I worked with him on a Telugu film called Panjaa, and I was impressed with the way he planned his shooting schedule, and the way he designed the entire look of the film,” he says. Speaking about the challenges of shooting Adhe Kangal, the 30-year-old points out, “We had to wrap the film up in about 35 days, and we were shooting at live locations in Chennai, Kanyakumari and Erode. Making the live locations seem realistic on screen was the challenge. But it is an engaging film till the end, and that has really worked.” The film hit theatres yesterday, cashing in on the long Republic Day weekend, and Rohin is hopeful the audience will remain engaged till the very end. While his next project is still in its nascent stages, he asks us to look out for a rom-com in the coming months.
Adhe Kangal stars Kalaiyarasan, Janani Iyer, Sshivada and Bala Saravanan.
— Nandita Ravi