A new Tamil film arouses the enthusiasm of the Cannes market

Radhakrishnan Parthiban’s Iravin Nizhal stands out among all the Indian titles unveiled at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Tamil actor-screenwriter-director Radhakrishnan Parthiban was in the spotlight at the India Pavilion in the International Village at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. His 16th outing as a director, Iravin Nizhal (Shadow of the Night), won him instant admirers. Iravin Nizhal stands out among all the Indian titles unveiled in the Marché du FilmFestival de Cannes. It’s phenomenal cinematic achievement, a 100-minute, one-shot film with a non-linear narrative. Parthiban’s audacious labor of love is set over more than 50 sets erected across 64 acres and follows a deeply flawed man through more than 50 years of his life.

Iravin Nizhal has intense flashbacks and emotions tied together by a powerful narrative about a film financier on the run from the media, the police and himself. AR Rahman, who composed the music for Iravin Nizhal“, was there to express his enthusiasm for the project. I have composed music for countless films in South and North India, but I have never worked on a film like this. Iravin Nizhal has no precedent, he said.

Parthiban, who is in Cannes with her budding daughter-filmmaker Keerthana Parthipan Akkineni and one of the producers of Iravin Nizhal, Dallas-based Ranjith Dhandapani admits the film was a huge logistical challenge. It took us 23 takes to get it right, he said. Despite many surprises and setbacks, the team overcame the challenges through improvisation and creativity, he added. On his decision to take on the lead role in the films he directs, Parthiban says it makes things easier for him. It’s hard to find actors who can devote months at a time to an unwavering commitment to one of my films.

Iravin Nizhalhe specifies, was shot for 90 days without interruption and he needed an actor who was always available.
Actor Parthiban is a veteran of many Tamil hits. He has built his directing career around National Award-winning films aimed at breaking new ground. His previous film, 2019 OthaSeruppu Size 7, a solo act starring the director himself, won him a Special Jury Prize at the National Awards. In 1999, his full house won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. As an actor, Parthiban will be seen next in Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponnyyin Selvan and the spy thriller directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon Dhruva Natchathiram.

His trip to Cannes, Parthiban said, was motivated by a desire to take Iravin Nizhal at major international festivals around the world.

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