Producing a documentary is never easy. Not especially when your topic of choice is something like Thaipusam.
We aim to capture the Thaipusam event in its entirety, we did the whole Thaipusam walk along side Siva.
The ceremonies started at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. The walk of Thaipusam starts here, and ends at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, around 4.5km away. With Siva, we walked the whole way, doing a lot of filming on the way.
The number of sideline supporters was immense. The streets of Little India were packed with Hindu devotees supporting all who undertook Thaipusam. Some of them even volunteered their time and effort, passing out free drinks and food to the supporters accompanying the Thaipusam devotees on their long journey.
It was heartwarming to see the friends and family of the Thaipusam devotees singing and dancing loudly, cheering them on.
At the end of the walk, we arrived at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. In front of the temple, the devotees and their supporters entered the Temple in groups, paying their respects to their gods, and performing their final prayers.
Even after then, we couldn’t rest. We were still tasked with the grueling job of filming the removal of the spikes, which was said to be the most painful part of the entire procession.
A couple cringes and some short action interviews later, we were finally done. Lugging all our equipment and personal effects across 4.5km, under the torturously blazing sun was not easy at all.
But it was worth it. For the experience, for the shots, and for the journey itself.
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