When Kala Pani was in production, India Today called it an epic gamble. No director would attempt such crazy production values for a regional language movie. Mohanlal and “Good Knight” Mohan (co-producers) along with Priyadarshan attempted to create a pre-independence movie that defined grandeur at that time. A huge set of the cellular jail was created in Chennai at Murugalaya Studios and Santosh Sivan made sure the meticulous details weren’t left out.
An epic movie like this needed a score that will match the movie. And that’s what Ilaiyaraaja gave. The background score took 20 days to complete. Listen to him talking about the background score.
Original Score of Kalapani