Around 60 people gathered on a rainy Saturday, for a tour of Prasad Studio, Vadapalani organised by the Namma Arcot Road team. Hariharan, director of the L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy hosted the event as he walked the crowd through various stages and aspects of film making.
First, was a visit to the sophisticated state-of-the art sound recording theatre. Recalling how great actors such as Sivaji could dub with little effort, Hariharan explained the technological changes, the process of sound recording, dubbing and editing had undergone.
Next was a visit to the shooting floors where props are set and movies are made. Pointing to the studio high ceiling with bars that ran across for cameras and lighting, Hariharan showed how light is manipulated to project day and night shots.
This was followed by walk through one of the sets representing a typical home that could easily be transformed into a hotel room, a bar etc. The antique projectors, , old movie cameras Vs the current digital cameras and the old film roll of one of L.V. Prasad's movie showcased the development of movie making over the years.
Srinivasan, General Manager, who has been with the studio for over 35 years, reminisced about the early days of Prasad Studio.
Mr. Hariharan pointed out that while the Mumbai movie industry was strictly making Hindi movies, the studios of Chennai (then Madras) were the only ones making national movies, in different languages. The most amazing thing about founder L.V. Prasad, according to Mr Hariaharan, was not only the humility with which he interacted with everyone but also his desire to give back to the movie world. After the success of ‘Ek Duje Keliye' rather than resting on his laurels in luxury, he preferred to use the profits to set up the only 70 mm theatre hall of its kind, Mr. Hariharan said.
The evening ended with the screening of the last interview with Mr L.V.Prasad and the short film ‘The Post Man'. The short film directed by B. Manohar, a student of the Academy, received the national award for the best non feature film this year.
Namma Arcot Road will continue to hold events every last Saturday of the month.
On November 27, a musical night with Lakshman Sruthi Orchestra will be conducted. For event details, log on to www.nammaarcot.wordpress.com