After editing and art direction stints in the U.S., Srinath Ramalingam directs two Tamil films
He had directed 11 plays by the time he was 17. Srinath Ramalingam then decided he wanted to be a director and flew from hometown Colombo to study filmmaking in the U.S. After dabbling with video editing and art direction in Hollywood, the 25-year-old has moved lock, stock and barrel to Chennai to try his hand in Kollywood.
He is directing two films — Laya and PPadi Kuppam Baalua. “Laya is being produced by Venkat Prabhu and J.K. Saravana, and is about a father and daughter having a conversation about how he met her mother. It’s a light-hearted film, being shot mostly along the ECR. PPadi Kuppam Baalu is on street fighting, and have shot a few scenes around Madurai,” says Srinath who has also worked on TV shows and music videos in Sri Lanka and Singapore. “In Tamil films, tragic endings are trending now. I want to make films that will make people laugh, cry and smile,” he says.
A fan of Manoj Shyamalan, the trailer of Srinath’s independent film Trapped In Abyss, a supernatural thriller, is releasing on Apple Trailers on September 25. “I have worked on films in Hollywood, but was more into editing. I also directed a few music videos. After a point, I decided it was time to make my own film. I love the horror genre, and decided on a thriller. We’re planning to release it in theatres next March,” he says.