In ‘Iravin Nizhal’, R Parthiban pulls off a technical feat that’s always fascinating, even if the film remains a bit distant

Posted on July 12, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The non-stop travelling by the camera reflects this man’s non-stop physical travels, his non-stop mental travels.

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R Parthiban is known for being different. His latest feature, Iravin Nizhal, is the world’s first non-linear single-shot film. Now, let’s break that up and look at the “single-shot” part first. Everything is captured in one 90-odd-minute camera move around production designer Vijaimurugan’s cleverly constructed sets. Essentially, the cinematographer Arthur A Wilson and his brilliant team started moving the camera when the story began and stopped moving the camera only when it ended. So, there is no editing at all. Whatever footage was captured in that 90-odd-minute camera move, that is the movie we see. Imagine the problems. First, the lighting keeps varying from one set to the adjacent one, depending on the event described in the screenplay. You may have to light a set to resemble daylight and before the camera moves to the next set, you may have to simulate night. If any single thing goes wrong, whether in the eighth minute or the eightieth minute of the shoot, you have to start reshooting the entire film all over again – as opposed to the usual way of filmmaking, where a film is made of several little blocks of scenes and you would just reshoot a single scene.

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