Changanassery: The film industry seems to have developed a liking for the picturesque Changanassery boat jetty, which is getting a much-needed facelift.
Currently, work is in full swing to turn the historical spot into a tourism courtyard. Local residents are expecting to get regular opportunities to watch stars from the movie world descending here for shooting once the project gets completed.
Simultaneously, work on renovating the Chanthakadavu Kurishupally has also been taken up. The landscaped expanse of the Kurishupally was the backdrop for many pivotal scenes in the Mohanlal-starrer blockbuster movie 'Spadikam'.
There are reports that the production team of Suriya’s latest Tamil movie has shortlisted Changanassery market as one of the shooting locations.
Until a few years ago, the jetty and the market had been a sought-after destination for filmmakers. Several Mollywood, Kollywood and Bollywood movies had scenes shot at several spots in the area. Even a couple of Hollywood movies were also filmed in this locale.
Apart from Spadikam, some other Malayalam movies that were shot here are Kaazhcha, British Market, Four Friends, Ee Nadu, Inspector Garud etc. The market and the jetty were also featured in the Hindi flick Baaghi, starring Tiger Shroff, son of Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, as well as Basmati Blues, the 2017 American romantic comedy musical film directed by Danny Baron.
From the imposing buildings that exude an aura of old world charm to the grand church standing tall against the backdrop of the scenic lake, this area has nearly everything a director looks out for in an outdoor location. The film fraternity feels that besides the panoramic locations, the sprawling market with lots of open spaces and the friendly, cooperative local population too add to the place’s charm.
The film which changed the fortunes of Changanassery as a shooting location was Spadikam directed by Bhadran, which is one of the highest-grossing Malayalam movies. The movie, released in 1995, holds a special pace in the hearts of local residents as they believe it has succeeded in capturing the locale in all its glory.
The town and the surrounding areas with all their common sights would be seen more on the silver screen in the coming days.
A set has been erected at the jetty for a film directed by Sanal Kalathil, who is a native of Changanassery. His brother Sajjan Kalathil will be wielding the camera for the yet untitled movie. The shooting is scheduled to begin in January.