Art director Muthuraj has spilled the beans on Velaikkaran, which is gearing up for a grand release on December 22nd. Starring Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara and Fahad Faasil as leads, the movie is directed by Mohan Raja and produced by R D Raja of ‘24AM STUDIOS’. Talking about the extensive slum set created for the film, Muthuraj said, “A major portion of the story happens in a slum area where the hero and his friends are born, brought up and live. It was producer R D Raja who first told me ‘let us create the entire slum set up’. I went and saw 10-15 real slums to observe their set ups and lifestyle and did extensive research on it. Then we started the set work, and it took around 50-55 days just to finish the set and get it ready for shooting. We actually created the whole locality where people of all kinds of labour and religion live. Every house will have a characterisation and a purpose.Also Read: Did you know that Siva Karthikeyan approached Mohan Raja for Velaikkaran?
We also made sure the houses and the locality are cramped to bring more realism. We used real garbage, used plastic bottles, plastic covers and many such items to bring out the authenticity of the geography. We also created a ‘Koovam’ around the locality to depict the lifestyle of a slum. The whole set was around 7.5 acres in area. We shot for around 50 days in this set. Without the producer’s immense support and cooperation, this vision would not have been possible at all.”
(Text by Surendhar MK)