PETALING JAYA: Those who love playing board games as much as they enjoy thriller movies are going to want to keep an eye out for “Paramapatham”.
Directed by brothers Viknes and Thanesh Perrabu, Paramapatham was recently recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records for the “Most Tamil Movie Awards won by a Movie Director” after winning 16 awards at various film festivals.
The fantasy thriller movie centres on archaeologist Aroon and his three friends who come across an ancient board game with the word “Paramapatham” carved on it during their travels.
Unbeknownst to the men, who innocently give the game a go, its mysterious powers take control of their lives.
Paramapatham’s director, Viknes, told FMT he wanted to dabble in the fantasy-thriller genre instead of making the typical romantic-comedy. He believed it would be a treat for Malaysian audiences.
Paramapatham is actually a game of snakes and ladders that originated in India many centuries ago. Viknes said it took the team six months and a lot of research to bring this unique-looking board game to life.
The movie has already won numerous accolades, such as Best Cinematography Award at the Norway Film Festival, Best Feature at the Tagore Film Festival and the award for Best Producer at the Coimbatore Film Festival.
“We were really surprised at how much the world loved Paramapatham and we are blessed with the honour from the Malaysia Book of Records, but we owe it all to our amazing team and well-wishers,” Viknes said.
The movie was shot in Kedah, Penang and Kuala Lumpur and to give it a more authentic look, abandoned British buildings were used as sets. The team worked together with a special effects company from India to create CGI effects for the movie.
Paramapatham was initially set to be released in June but the Covid-19 pandemic made it necessary to postpone it. It is scheduled for release by the end of the year in cinemas nationwide.
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