Australian Film Industry is an excellent platform that provides valuable opportunities for Independent film makers to successfully compete in a global marketplace. We have recently seen many great Australian Films of diverse genres successfully hitting the silver screen all around the world. Horror movies have always captivated the audience and have a huge fan base, of which psychological horror/thriller is one particular genre that is making the hottest trend, popular among movie goers.

One talented Independent Filmmaker from Australia, making his directorial debut is Ilanthirayan “Alan” Arumugam, coming up with his psychological horror-thriller film “AIYAI – A Wrathful Soul”. Alan has a long experience of working as an outdoor production coordinator in Bollywood and International film industries.  We had an opportunity to speak with Alan and he was happy to give us more insight about his upcoming film AIYAI and his production company YSA Screen Media.

YSA Screen Media is joining hands with Malaysian based Production Company Maraz Digital for this project. Executive Producer, Mr. Maraz is proudly introducing K. Karishma, a Malaysian Indian female artist to play a supporting role in this International English Film.

Talking about the Film, Director Alan explains, “This is the first time an International English film is getting a Tamil title.   ‘AIYAI’ is a Tamil word that describes homeless clans of people that lived in a parallel world to the normal population.  The word is similar to the more predominantly used English terms like Karma and Avatar, which originate from Sanskrit.  The story revolves around an Indian student living in Australia who becomes plagued by mysterious events.  He gets visions he is unable to explain and is soon lured into spiralling plot of a vengeful spirit.  Kabir Singh and Pennyanne Lace play the lead role in the film. The supporting roles will be played by proficient International Artists. Alan further explains that the film will be shot at various locations of Queensland, one of them being Australia’s biggest cemetery.

When asked what new he will bring in this genre, Alan confidently says “The difference in this film is its believable and captivating script that progresses in layers and carries the viewers along the character arc.  While watching the film the audience will feel as if they are one of the characters in the film and the events are happening around them as the story progresses.  I am happy to have a great and passionate team who are working hard to make this a great production.”

We asked when and where the movie will be released, Alan explains “We have already shot the pilot teaser to give a feel, mood and the look of the film. Currently we are in the pre-production phase. We are hoping to start shooting in early 2018 and finish the whole schedule within 40 days.  The film will be released in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada as well as rest of the world. We already have distributors on board with intent to release in Malaysia, Singapore and India. This movie will be a great experience for the Indian and Asian audience.”

On his strength and future plans, Alan explains that “We already have three exciting full-length English feature films under development phase and many more to come. Along with my supporting family, my biggest asset and strength is my team. We understand each other’s passion and are working very hard to make our collaborative dreams come true.  Australia is a diverse country and at YSA Screen media our mission is to produce films that will break regional boundaries. We would like to reach out to audiences across diverse, cultural backgrounds.”

You can follow the progress of AIYAI – A Wrathful Soul.


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