Aravind gets a friend request from ‘Nikky’, a complete stranger. He accepts the request and they begin to video-chat. The new friend has a bizarre request – To commit suicide, while Aravind watches live. Does Aravind have a choice?
The film is a hostage drama set in the world of video-chat rooms. Thematically the story revolves around the lust for voyeurism in the digital world and its consequences. The film was shot live while the actors lived their parts over SKYPE.
S.R. Kathir of Subramanyapuram & Kattradhu Thamiz fame is the cinematographer of this film. Lighting had to be done in two locations, technically there were three cameras operating at the same time. The film camera and the two webcamera’s at the respective locations of the actors.
LENS is the first PAN Indian English film of its kind. The principle characters speak in English, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. The English vocabulary has not been changed to suit the international audience, instead it remains Indian. As the story is set in the metropolitan city of Chennai and some of the portions were shot in munnar, we can also tag LENS as a first English-Tamil film of its kind.
Siddharth Vipin of ‘Naduvula konjam pakkatha kanom’ & ‘idharku thane aasai pattai balakumara’ fame has composed the background score of the film.
LENS was awarded ‘UA’ by CBFC without any cuts. It is a major achievement for LENS in the context of its bold and daring content. The censor board appreciated LENS for its socially relevant and daring narrative. They didn’t want to restrict the film by giving an ‘A’ certification.