India’s costliest film to start shooting in April


Composer Rahman, actor Jayam Ravi on board for director Sundar C’s mega budget flick Sangamithra

It’s production house Thenandal Films’ 100th movie, and they are pulling out all the stops. Directed by Sundar C, the ambitious mega magnum opus Sangamithra is being made on a budget of Rs 350 crore (more than AU$ 70 million), and it touted to be the costliest Indian film ever produced.

The film would be shot over two years, and would be made initially in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu languages. Later, it is likely to be dubbed in a few other Indian languages such Bhojpuri, Kannada and Malayalam. The shooting is expected to start in April 2017.

Ace technicians like composer AR Rahman, cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee, art director Sabu Cyril, director Kamala kannan have been on board for months now. The concept designing is believed to have been going on in 11 countries including Australia, India, USA, Denmark, UK, and New Zealand.

Sundar C, along with his wife, actor Khushboo, had recently visited Melbourne, scouting for prospective locations for shooting the mega venture.

Khushboo and AR Rahman at the Filmfare Awards. Photo:
Khushboo and AR Rahman at the Filmfare Awards. Photo:

Khushboo had even visited places like the Gold Museum, Old Treasury Building, various lakes and beaches across Victoria, and also suburbs like Albert Park, Cranbourne North and Narre Warren. She also saw the video of TFS Corporation’s Sandalwood Farms located in Northern Territory to get an idea of locations available for projects.

Sangamithra will be shot in multiple countries, and efforts are on to bring this project to Victoria as well. The Victorian Government Business Office representatives have also met with Khushboo in Chennaito market Melbourne as a shooting locale.

Former ministerial adviser Nitin Gupta, who had drafted Victoria’s Bollywood policy that had created the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, commented that “It was line producer Nithya Remesan, a member of the Australia India Business Council Victoria, who had broached the idea of shooting Sangamithra in Victoria. Nithya definitely deserves lot of credit for bringing this prospective business opportunity to Victoria. I sincerely hope that the Film Victoria and other Victorian and Australian film and government bodies are able to attract this mega film here.”

“An invitation to Mrs Khushboo Sundar to attend the IFFM or the RMIT Indian Film Festival can further help in attracting the project to Victoria. The IFFM is already funded by the Victorian Government, and some financial support can be extended to the RMIT Indian Film Festival as well, to enable them to attract commercially viable Indian film stakeholders to Melbourne.” further added Mr Gupta.

Miss World Australia National Finalist and AIBC Executive member Miss Rashi Kapoor commented “It’s been a pretty long time since they were last able to attract a decent Indian film to be shot in Victoria. Hope to see Sangamithra being shot in Melbourne soon. And perhaps they can look beyond Bollywood into other commercially lucrative Indian film industries like Kollywood, Bhojpuri etc, and make some efforts to get those movies to shoot in Victoria as well.”