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    Chennai-based Srinath Ramalingam tells us why we should watch Daisy

    A TAMIL offering that is as scary as the popular English film, The Conjuring—that is what Chennai-based Srinath Ramalingam aims to do with his horror film, Daisy. “The movie is about an eight-year-old girl who is possessed. The story carries a strong message,” begins the 27-year-old, who is also a big fan of romantic films made by Gautham Menon and Mani Ratnam. Ramalingam is not new to films or for that matter, horror. His tryst with the genrestarted when he made his first short film in school, called Thrill. Later he also directed an independent Hollywood feature named Trapped In Abyss, which was sent out to film festivals in Europe and the US. ‘‘I love other genres too but it is like I am cursed with horror. I am always doing something spooky,’’ says the Chennaiite. Daisy is based on true incidents and will have elements of black magic, possession and hypnotherapy. “I went for a two month course in hypnotherapy to understand it better. I know of an incident that took place to an Indian couple in New Jersey and also heard supernatural stories from my friends in Madurai. I have taken all these incidents and used it in my film,” he says.

    Fright night
    Availing the state government’s order, offering full waiver of entertainment tax for films with Tamil titles,  Ramalingam, along with his Singapore-based producers Shanmuga Sundaram and Mohammed Yazim have just, released posters and teasers written in Tamil. As for the cast of the film, there is Deepak Parmesh, who is well known in the short film circle along with Jacqueline Prakash, who is a dancer and presenter on Vijay TV. Also look out for Mime Gopi who was recently seen as Perumal in the movie, Madras.

    Past perfect
    A passionate filmmaker, Ramalingam graduated from Full Sail University in Florida where he worked as an editor at Adrenaline Films Production Company. Drawn to Hollywood, he moved to California in 2010, where he worked as the art director for independent feature films like M.I.L.F and Moby Dick. An  offer as the assistant director at a Singapore-based company, Tantra Inc compelled him to move to Singapore in 2011. He directed a 14-episode TV series called Thee  in Tamil and also did a travel show called, Uncle Taxi.

    Daisy is scheduled to release by the end of the year.

     — Mrinalini Sundar

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