The very best tales are often those proper exterior your own home. Or your neighbourhood.

When 25-year-old Viswesh S stepped exterior his home to go to the neighbourhood retailer for groceries, he was greatly surprised by what he noticed. “I’ve lived in Tambaram for 20 years, and have by no means seen the realm like this,” he says, referring to the lockdown, “Wherever I went, I noticed people speaking about the way it’s very completely different from earlier than. Everybody felt worry… about different people, about forex notes, about touching items.”


Viswesh sensed that in all places he went — on the native vegetable vendor, and the bus stand. “The lockdown had modified people’s perspective, however we’re trying forward with hope.”

The impartial filmmaker-cinematographer determined to do one thing about it. After which, armed with a camera and accompanied by a small crew, Viswesh went in regards to the roads of his neighbourhood to get people and locations on movie.


The result’s Namma Tambaram, a six-minute brief that tells the story of this essential Chennai neighbourhood and the way a lot it has modified over the previous three months. “Tambaram is the doorway to town. It’s an emotion,” he says.

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Viswesh has tried to pack all that into his brief. The heroes of Namma Tambaram are long-time residents and the native shopkeepers, most of whom have been affected as a result of lockdown. There’s Mohammed Iqbal Firdhouse, who has been operating a bookstore since 1962, and some different vegetable distributors, who add that sprint of color to the usually-bustling neighbourhood.

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“I wished it to play out like a real-time documentary, capturing the rawness of the visuals,” remembers Viswesh, who shot it within the month of Could and subsequently edited and labored on the submit manufacturing. “People have been hesitant first to return on camera… but it surely helped that I’m a well-known face within the neighbourhood.”

Namma Tambaram additionally captures intimately the largest change that the neighbourhood has undergone in current instances: the railway station decked with mural artwork, an effort of illustrator Varshini Ramakrishnan in colloboration with Nissan and NalandaWay Basis to pay tribute to COVID-19 warriors. “It appears beautiful and is a special day for our place. However the irony is that it can’t be bodily celebrated, in particular person, by most people as a result of lockdown.”

Watch Namma Tambaram on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c7MSHI5jEs&t=1s