They are cupids of light, agents of the moon, human boom-rods. They can climb any mountain top (or tree or anything basically) to reflect the light. A jovial bunch, always running around shouting instructions to their fellow-agents and responding ‘redy-sir!’ to the DOP or the photographer.

The Reflector is a story of these lightmen of Madras, who are super-heroes in their own right, especially since most of the work is done manually at the sets here.

During the pandemic, the industry was shut and a lot of these men were without a job, fighting hard. Even now, as markets open up slowly, they are unable to find a sustainable living. The Reflector is a part-docu, part-fantasy story about these men who are using their dinner plates to reflect the light and bring attention to their condition.

© madhavan palanisamy 2020