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The story idea for Suzhal-The Vortex was formed around 2014-15, say Pushkar and Gayatri

Suzhal-The Vortex will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on June 17

  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 07.57 AM, Jun 14, 2022

The story idea for Suzhal-The Vortex was formed around 2014-15, say Pushkar and Gayatri
Pushkar and Gayatri

Amazon Prime Video's latest offering Suzhal - The Vortex is all set to begin streaming on the OTT platform on June 17. Directed by Bramma and Anucharan M, the series has an ensemble cast including Aishwarya Rajesh, Kathir, Sriya Reddy and Radhakrishnan Parthiban. The show is created by the popular director duo Pushkar and Gayatri. They are venturing into the streaming space for the first time with long-format series, Suzhal: The Vortex.

Talking about how the show was conceived, the creators said, “The story idea was formed around 2014-2015. As we started writing it, we felt that this story suits a long-form format, as it has multiple protagonists. We spent a year writing it and then two years making it.” Emphasising on why they chose to make Suzhal into a series, and not a film, Gayatri said, “We realised that the story had many legs, and couldn't fit into a two-hour film. It needed to be a long format. When we pitched this idea to Amazon Prime Video, they were quite excited about it. They decided that this will be their first Tamil Original scripted series.”

She added, “In a traditional feature film, you can only concentrate on the protagonist, the villain, the female lead, and another relationship. With this, we wanted to create a world, a fictitious town. We have four leads here and many other characters. We have many elements and settings in Suzhal. To give space to all of it in a story, we needed 8 episodes to tell the story.”  

Agreeing with Gayatri is Pushkar, who explained how Suzhal is different from what they've created in the past. "All the films we have done till now, we have set them only in Chennai. The plot is set in a fictional town. We shot the portions in Ooty, Coimbatore and some parts in Chennai. Suzhal involved a lot of research. We also wanted to keep the small-town setting as one of the defining themes. How when something happens, it ruptures the fabric of a small town."

Suzhal-The Vortex boasts audio and subtitles in over 30 languages including Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, English along with foreign languages like French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and Japanese among others.