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Directed by VK Prakash, the film features only one actor throughout.
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The trailer of the Nithya Menen starrer Praana is creating the right buzz at the Cannes International Film Festival. Screened at the festival for three consecutive days, the trailer has garnered the attention of the film buffs there in a big way.

Pranna is a thriller set in the backdrop of a beautiful hill station in south India. Reports say that it is an experimental film which has only Nithya Menen occupying the screen space. The film is said to be a story about injustice and intolerance, in which Nithya will be seen playing a writer who focuses on social issues.

Directed by VK Prakash, the film, which has been made in four different languages, has noted cinematographer PC Sreeram cranking the camera. Oscar winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty has worked on the film’s sound department, with Praana being the first Indian film to be shot in the sound sync format. Reports have it that Resul was given the freedom to capture all the ambient noise for the movie.

Apart from PC Sreeram and Resul Pookutty, the rest of the film’s technical crew is impressive as well. Added to this is celebrated jazz musician Louis Banks who has composed the music. Praana has been bankrolled jointly by Suresh Raj, Anitha Raj, and Praveen S Kumar under the banners of S Raj Productions and Real Studio.

The film’s shooting has been wrapped up and the post-production is happening at full swing. Praana has been simultaneously shot in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. That means that Nithya had to act the same scene four times in four different languages.

Speaking to TNM about the film, Nithya had said, “Definitely four languages was quite a challenge. A film is usually made in one language, we do one take and we’re done with that particular scene or that shot or whatever. I usually don’t like even bilinguals because for an artist, it’s quite an irritating process actually. You finish something and you have to again revisit it and in another language! It’s not an easy thing to do. Four languages back to back, learning all the dialogues... and it was just me! So it was very challenging.”

Also read: Don’t want to do films where I’m dying on screen again: The Nithya Menen interview

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