Filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj says that the Jai and Vani Bhojan-starrer present, which he has produced, has been penned to match the late playwright’s fashion of comedy
It began with Amazon Prime’s Putham Pudhu Kaalai. Then, Netflix adopted swimsuit with Paava Kadhaigal, releasing in a couple of weeks. With Disney+ Hotstar too saying a sequence of titles, it seems that Tamil cinema’s who’s who’re embracing OTT platforms with open arms.
Triples, a comedy sequence produced by filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj’s manufacturing agency Stone Bench, is subsequent up for launch on Disney+ Hotstar on December 11.
Starring Jai, Vani Bhojan, Vivek Prasanna, Rajkumar and Madhuri, the sequence, directed by Charukesh Sekar, has already caught the eye of netizens with its witty one-liners and situational comedy, as seen in a trailer that was launched lately.
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In a digital press meet to launch a music from the present titled ‘Nee En Kannadi’, Karthik Subbaraj drew parallels with the late Crazy Mohan’s writings to clarify the present’s comedy quotient.
“Growing up, we have all been fans of Crazy Mohan sir. This show is a dedication to him and his style of writing,” says Karthik, including, “When I was pitched the idea, I thought it was funny and interesting because it had good humour and romance quotient as well.”
Two characters within the present — that of Vivek Prasanna’s and Rajkumar’s — have been named Madhu and Cheenu, a reference to Crazy Mohan’s theatre sketches.
“The two characters are iconic creations of Crazy Mohan. When the show’s writer (Balaji) narrated these characters to me, I was sold. The show plays out like a comedy of errors and has lots of wordplay, just like in the style of Crazy Mohan,” says the present’s director Charukesh.
Karthik pitches in: “It has the qualities of a clean comedy… the serious situations the actors in the show face will appear funny to us. The story will play out like it is chaotic situation unfolding for the actors.”
Jai, who marks his debut on streaming platforms with this challenge, says that Stone Bench left no stone unturned by way of manufacturing worth. “I have heard that usually web series are shot on a tight budget. I had no such feeling with Triples. It felt like I was shooting for a film,” he says.