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The story is about the turmoil that goes on inside the mind of a method actor.

  • Santhosh Rathnam
  • Santhosh Rathnam
  • Santhosh Rathnam
  • Anand Sami
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  • Darshana Rajendran
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  • Ravindra Vijay
    Key Cast
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    31 minutes 37 seconds
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    May 15, 2017
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    7,800 USD
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Director Biography - Santhosh Rathnam

Iyanthira is the pen-name of Santhosh Rathnam, who is an aspiring film maker based out of Chennai. When he was pursuing his MBA at S P Jain in Mumbai, India, he was actively involved in both theater and film appreciation circles, and has written and directed both fiction and non-fiction videos.After his MBA, he joined Kavithalayaa Productions as a Marketing Consultant for couple of their films. Heis currently working in an IT Multi-national firm as a Client Account Manager. And, on a temporary basis, he also does online marketing for Tamil movies. He leads a group called “Heads&Tales” that was formed with the objective of motivating and supporting aspiring film makers. He has been associated with around 10 short films and Commercial Ads, both as assistant director as well as an Executive Producer.Adaiyalam (Identity) is his first real attempt at writing and directing a short film. He soon hopes to become a full-fledged filmmaker.

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Director Statement

I was always curious about the phenomenon called Method Acting and used to wonder what made actors take extreme steps to become the character they play. While researching about the origins of Method Acting, I stumbled upon the works of Konstantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, and Stella Adler. I was fascinated by the two different schools of thought as propagated by Strasberg and Adler. And that enabled me to conceive the idea of Adaiyalam, which at its core, is an inter-play between these two prominent styles of Method Acting. Once the idea was conceived, I wanted to experiment with the narrative structure. And that’s where Escher’s work, especially Relativity, inspired me. I wanted to create a similar narrative structure that was seemingly impossible and yet if you are inside the plot, there is a definitive circular path that the protagonist would embark upon.