Santhosh Kumar Rangaraj explores the murky world of online puzzles and the risks they pose in his quick film Chakravyuham
The quick film Chakravyuham is ready round an online puzzle. “We have seen people addicted to online games. We built a thriller around a puzzle,” says Santhosh Kumar Rangaraj, director. Chakravyuham, launched throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, on behindwoods.com and has already crossed over 25,000 views.
The one who performs the puzzle makes use of his IQ to succeed in the closing degree the place he’s given a real-time situation. “We have made the film as engaging as a feature film,” says Santhosh.
Chakravyuham is his fourth film. His first quick, Clean Bowled, set in the romance-comedy style, fetched two million views online. His horror comedy Athyayam received awards for screenplay and music at quick film festivals. “We are a team of people who are passionate about films. With short films, we want to build a prototype where we showcase good content and within limited budget. We want to replicate the model while we take the leap into feature films.” The story has an open ending and the battle isn’t solved. “ Once we get a producer, we plan to develop the second half from where the short film ends.”
While all his movies featured newcomers, in Chakravyuham, actor Vijay Adhiraj performs the cop. “We wanted a celebrity for this role. I pinged the actor on Facebook and he immediately agreed. And, the best part is he acted for free.”
Santhosh says whereas making a brief film is simple, reaching out is hard. He provides, “ Even on social media, we need a celebrity tweet to push the film to limelight. Though romance is a popular genre, a crowd puller, we wanted to experiment with some refreshing content. We have a team in place, including musicians, all we need is producers to back our scripts to make feature films.”
You can watch the film on YouTube