Noted filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj is gearing up for the release of his highly-ambitious silent thriller Mercury. And, as expected, he is looking forward to the film’s release. During a recent chat with the media, the young director said that Mercury highlights how big corporates often harm and exploit small towns for commercial gains.
“Apart from the fact that it’s a thriller, the story shines the spotlight on how corporates have exploited small towns. The inspiration behind the idea has been incidents such as Bhopal gas leak and Mercury poisoning in Japan,” added Karthik.
He went on to add that he has always been a fan of silent films and his decision to make Mercury was influenced by his admiration for Kamal Haasan starrer Pushpak.
“How many of us still remember the silent era and the work of Charlie Chaplin and his contemporaries? I’m a huge fan of the silent era and I can’t explain in words how much I love Kamal sir’s Pushpak. I’ve always wanted to make a silent film and when I was toying with the idea of Mercury, I decided to make it without any dialogues,” said Karthik.
Opening up about Prabhudheva’s role, he said that he is a terrific actor and Mercury has done justice to his talents.
“He’s a terrific actor. He’s mostly done comedies and romcoms. Nobody has given him anything slightly negative. Mercury has tapped his hidden acting potential and audiences are going to love his performance,” added the filmmaker.
Mercury is the biggest release yet and will screen all over India. However, it will not be released in Tamil Nadu because of the ongoing strike.
Addressing this, he said that it is ‘disappointing’ but he respects the TFPC’s decision.
“It is slightly disappointing that we’re not able to release in Tamil Nadu. But, we’re with the industry in this strike and we will respect their decision to not release any new Tamil films,” added the director.
We wish him good luck and hope that Mercury opens new avenues for him.