The first look of the upcoming Tamil film Gorilla is out and saying that its intriguing will be putting it lightly. The first poster features the lead cast including Jiiva, Shalini Pandey, Sathish and...AND A CHIMPANZEE! Yes, you read that right. The film is about a heist comedy that will revolve around a bank robbery with the Chimpanzee. On the poster we see the chimp holding a gun and looks like a laugh riot. I really like how the letter R in Gorilla is the Indian currency symbol hinting the movie will be about money. Also, it is not a CGI wizardry but a real animal on that poster. The cast shot with a real chimpanzee, whose name was Kong, for the film.
Gorilla has been directed by Don Sandy. Music is scored by Vikram Vedha fame Sam C. S. Talking about having a chimpanzee on board, the director has said, "Like humans, animals, too, go through various phases and moods. I happened to watch a documentary on them and decided it will be interesting to feature a real chimpanzee in the film. We went to Thailand, sought permission and got all the paperwork done before we began our shoot. Of course, it is different to shoot with an animal, but we waited patiently to get the shots. There was a trainer with us all through the shoot. The sequences involving the chimpanzee were shot in Thailand. The rest of the portions were shot in Chennai.”
Gorilla is a big film for Shalini Pandey. The Arjun Reddy actress is making her debut in the Tamil film industry with the movie. In an earlier interview, she has revealed that shooting with the chimpanzee was not fun at all. "For Gorilla starring Jiiva, I got the opportunity to act alongside a chimpanzee. I thought it would be fun, but it wasn’t. I love animals and wanted to be friendly with this chimpanzee. She kept throwing tantrums though. Every time I walked in, she would jump on me and pull my hair. I got really annoyed. She was nice, however, to all the men including Jiiva," she said.
Gorilla has already stirred a controversy after PETA wrote a letter to the director asking him to replace the chimpanzee with CGI. Citing movies like Jungle Book and Planet of Apes, PETA said, "forward-thinking filmmakers and directors know that the future of film lies in technical wizardry, not in beating animals into performing."
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