Independent filmmaker Aneek Chaudhuri is all set for his multilingual feature film which predominantly uses Malayalam as the primary language. The film is titled Katti Nrittam, meaning the knife dance and the shooting has already entered the last league.
Aneek has unveiled the poster of the film and it is to be a hand-painted one. The film’s poster is in a cyan-blue theme and represents the melancholy of the film. The poster has been painted by Shruti Purkait; she is an artist based in Kolkata.
Katti Nrittam is a suspense thriller and it speaks about a failed Kathakali dancer. The film is a complex web of melancholic relationships and the background is very much color specific.
Aneek comments on the poster, “I had always wanted it to be a hand-painted one; I have a fascination with things which are not completely perfect and wanted something that would leave an open-ended suggestion for the audiences. Then, I came across Shruti whose paintings had left a considerable impression on me. I was convinced that she was the artist I had been looking for. And, we got a wonderful piece from the artist.”
Katti Nrittam draws inspiration from a neo-realist style of Cinema and is being filmed in a partly documentary-style approach. As per the director of this film, Aneek Chaudhuri, “Katti Nrittam was conceived when I visited Kalamandalam (Kerala) last year and I came across the various perspectives of performers. There was something that enticed me was their urge to stay real and at the same time, balance it with the tone of their performances.”
Moreover, the film casts actors from the National School of Drama and actors with a theatre background. On this, he further adds, “This is a film to be filmed in a stage style; the whole mise en scène is being implemented in the same manner. Hence, I thought it was the wiser idea to screen people with theatre backgrounds as they have a better understanding of the stage. Moreover, I will be utilizing proximity as an important element in this film where a lot of POVs are to be used.”