Being founded by the British, the Binny Mills started functioning in Madras in 1797. It started flourishing, but toward the 1970s, it started to decline. It turned into an abandoned building. Sometimes, unplanned projects work out. Discovered by Kamal Haasan’s team during the production of
, this Mill became the instant attraction for all producers and turned into a movie set permanently. Here are some of the movies which were shot in the famous Binny Mills.
#1 ATHIRADEE SONG - SIVAJI
With an ancient European painting spreading over the entire walls of the buildings, director '
,' completely transformed the building. An artificial river was created out of scratch and an antiquely designed boat makes people remember this song. One particular stunt, where '
' jumps from the glass window and shoots around him, had so much work done on it.
Binny Mills is the home to many of the fighting scenes in Tamil movies. One such movie is 'Pokkiri,' starring 'Vijay.' The entire climax starts with the revelation of Vijay as Nassar’s son. Vijay wants to avenge his father’s death, and the scene runs for an entire twenty minutes, all of which are shot in the Binny mills. Since they give a rustic and abandoned look, they are chosen for a lot of action sequences.
#3 VIKRAM VEDHA
With a genius plot, the entire movie boils down to the climax shot in the Binny mills. The fight sequence where the foe turned friend as they back up each other when their other enemy turns up. Madhavan and
have a standoff in the end, which is one of the climaxes that leave you in frustration of not knowing. Perfectly suited to the description of the scene, the Binny Mills was a great choice, with an expansive but empty and deserted looking room.
#4 HEY RAM
The people who discovered the versatility of the Binny mills were the crew of Hey Ram. They saw how the mills were rustic and could be used to recreate the streets of Kolkatta. The entire street was designed based on the Kolkata lifestyle, from the houses to the street vendors. Thus, they opened the new era of Binny mills.
One of the classic biographic pioneers was the movie Guru. It revolves around the story of Dhirubhai Ambani. The backdrop of most scenes look like they were shot in Mumbai, but they were shot in the Binny mills set. With the narrow streets and crowded houses giving the look of the then Bombay, this movie found their perfect match for their location.
The set was turned into a prison, owing to its adaptability.
did a remarkable job with the movie. 'Aravindswamy’s reentry is one of the highlights of this movie. The intricate detailing, which gives us an authentic feeling, is one of Mani Ratnam’s perks, and it is rightly played in this movie.
Most of the scenes of this movie are shot in Binny mills, proving that the Binny mills perfectly camouflage to any city presented. As it already has a crowded look, all they had to tweak was adjusting a few buildings here and there, give the appropriate old- looking exterior.
#8 VEERA VINAYAKA SONG - VEDHALAM
Releasing close to Ganesh Chathurthi, this movie had a song aptly for the occasion.
live in Kolkatta during this part of the movie. With a peppy song, the Binny Mills was converted to the streets of Kolkatta with a huge Ganesh statue in the center. The set had a reddish hue, depicting the celebrations around the time.
#9 KANNUKUL KANNAI SONG- VINNAI THAANDI VARUVAYAA
The most interesting part of this song is the end video montage of how they created the entire ship from scratch. The set was a perfect fit for a huge space where they could erect this structure. '' and
walk around the ship, and the seasons keep changing around them. The essence of the song is caught by the set, and Binny mills have housed the scenario.
#10 ODAY ODAY SONG - RAJA RANI
Graffiti adorned walls were a part of this song. With some background fitted with old posters stuck on them,
has done a good job of turning this place into a rustic yet modern look for the theme of this song. With cute dance numbers, contemporary outfit, and the punk styled wall; this song seems to be a peppy number.