The hit director Karthik Subbaraj is awaiting the release of his silent thriller ‘Mercury’ which is all set to hit the screens across the country except Tamil Nadu. In a recent chat with the media, the young director said that Mercury will throw light on how big corporates often exploit small towns for commercial gains. “Apart from the fact that it’s a thriller, the story shines the spotlight on how corporates have exploited small towns. The inspiration behind the idea has been incidents such as Bhopal gas leak and Mercury poisoning in Japan,” added Karthik.

The director further added that he has always been a fan of silent films and his decision to make Mercury was influenced by his admiration for Kamal Haasan starrer Pushpak.

“How many of us still remember the silent era and the work of Charlie Chaplin and his contemporaries? I’m a huge fan of the silent era and I can’t explain in words how much I love Kamal sir’s Pushpak. I’ve always wanted to make a silent film and when I was toying with the idea of Mercury, I decided to make it without any dialogues,” said Karthik.

Mercury is the biggest release yet and will screen all over India. However, it will not be released in Tamil Nadu because of the ongoing strike. Talking about this, he said that it is ‘disappointing’ but he respects the TFPC’s decision. “It is slightly disappointing that we’re not able to release in Tamil Nadu. But, we’re with the industry in this strike and we will respect their decision to not release any new Tamil films,” added the director.

Looking forward to catching this film in Tamil Nadu soon!