The Painter is India’s first feature film shot entirely during the lockdown!
While many filmmakers and producers have been largely complaining about not being able to finish their pending post-production works due to the Corona lockdown, a filmmaker in Karnataka has written, shot and almost completed a feature film in under 50 days of the lockdown. Venkat Bharadwaj, who made his debut with the Tamil feature Unarvu, has now worked on his third project called ‘The Painter’ which is a film that has been shot within a period of just 9-10 days across five different locations and multiple artists.
With a runtime of 90 minutes, ‘The Painter’ belongs to the thriller genre and will go straight to an OTT platform once the final product is ready. In an emotional note about the journey so far, Venkat said “A total of 5 cameramen and 17 crew members worked for this film which was shot across five locations – Chennai, Hebbal, Bangalore, Tumkur and Kanakapura. The script work for The Painter started in the first week of April, with the shooting beginning by the end of the second week. The entire technical crew utilized the lockdown time very effectively, as we made use of the lights available along with some self-prepared lights made at home.”
The Painter, produced by Shekar Jayaram, will have the incidents surrounding a murder registered in it. Venkat plans to prepare the final output of the film by the end of May, and then look at the options for the release. The director’s other feature film ‘Omelette’ is also ready with its first copy.