Tamil film Kanavu Variyam to get Remi Award at Houston International Film Festival

Film is directed by Chennai-based techie Arun Chidambaram.

By Dileep Thekkethil

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Kanavu Variyam, a Tamil movie directed by a Chennai-based techie Arun Chidambaram, has gone on to win the prestigious Remi Award in the US.

The award will be handed over to Chidambaram during the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, where the movie will have its world premiere.

Chidambaram, who earlier worked with a multi-national company in the US abandoned his lucrative job to follow his passion – movies.

According to him, the film is about the most familiar problem faced by people in Tamil Nadu: incessant power cuts. Other than the Remi Award, the movie also won the Special Jury Award at the National Science Festival.

The song Kalla Manna has been accepted for screening at the “Bare Bones International and Music Festival in Oklahoma. Chidambaram said that the song has a compilation of 51 traditional games of rural India.

“I have always been interested in science and wanted to convey something inspirational through my film as well. Being a debut filmmaker with no background in the industry whatsoever, I went about making my film purely focussing on how someone in the audience would receive it,” he was quoted by The Hindu.

The previous recipients of the Remi Award, which is given to independent films and filmmakers, include George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers and Ang Lee.

The film’s co-producer and Arun’s brother Karthik Chidambaram said to NDTV, “We are strategizing. Critical acclaim internationally could give us a good opening back home”.

WorldFest Houston International Film Festival will be conducted from April 8 to 17.

The movie stars Jiya as the lead character and the music is by Shyam Benjamin.

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