Chennai, Jan. 02 (COIN): Director Abhilash G Devan’s upcoming film ‘Route No. 17’, featuring actor Jithan Ramesh in the lead, will be a revenge thriller that will be set in three different periods from 1990 to 2020.
The film is being produced by Dr Amar Ramachandran under his banner of Neni Productions.
Abhilash, a former associate of critically acclaimed Malayalam filmmaker Thambi kannamthanam, is also the director of ‘Thai Nilam’.
Anju Pandiya, an air hostess who is making her debut in films as an actress with this film, plays the female lead.
Hareesh Peradi plays the antagonist’s character in this movie while ‘Aruvi’ fame Madhan will be seen playing another pivotal role.
Malayalam film industry’s most-celebrated music director, Ouseppachan is scoring the music for this film.
Talking about the film, director Abhilash says, “The film’s title signifies an isolated path inside a forest. The path that was open 30 years ago is completely closed now.
“Trespassers, who choose to travel on this path, are mysteriously found dead the same night. The mysterious events are interwoven with a heart-wrenching emotional backstory.
“The film is a tale of revenge set in three different periods between the years 1990 and 2020.Significantly, Jithan Ramesh is appearing in three different looks according to the script.
“The film is set against the backdrops of the region located between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka like Gundalpet, Thenkasi, and Kadaya Nalloor.
“Furthermore, a huge underground set over an area of 5,500 Sq Ft was erected. A 28-day schedule of the film’s shooting was completed on this set. So far, nobody has erected such a unique set for any film.
“We created this set at Gannavam in Andhra Pradesh, where the shooting of ‘Baahubali’ was held. The general public would visit the place just to witness the grandeur of our set work.
“Apart from these locations, we also shot for 10 days in the dense forests across Tenkasi. The place was frequented by elephants and tigers. After 6 in the evening, people would avoid the place, but we shot there everyday until 9 in the night.”
“We plan to release the film’s trailer in January and release the film in April this year.”
Akhilesh Mohan, the editor of Prithviraj-Mohanlal’s ‘Bro Daddy’ and ‘Lucifer 2’, is the editor of this film.
Cinematographer Prashanth Pranavam is the cameraman for this movie. The film, sources say, posed several challenges for the DOP as the film was to be shown in three different periods and complex locations like caves, barren lands, and dense forests.