Unique Kollywood movie themes and settings in Madurai Restaurant

Inspired by popular Kollywood hits, the newly renovated Cine Suvai gives the city its first taste of sushi, iconic movie scenes and even a train for selfies

Inspired by popular Kollywood hits, the newly renovated Cine Suvai gives the city its first taste of sushi, iconic movie scenes and even a train for selfies

For all Tamil foodies and movie buffs, Cine Suvai on Tamil Sangam Marg is the place to be. And if you’re on a first visit, the interesting elements of Kollywood films from the 1960s to 2022 will fill you up even though the menu has more than 200 dishes drawn from cuisines as varied as Arabic, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Continental, Italian. , American and Punjabi.

The decor of the 300 seats is inspired by old Art Deco theatres. “It took us 15 months of hard work during the second wave of the pandemic to recreate an Instagrammable cinema all around,” says Vichitra Rajasingh, CEO of Cine Suvai. The facade of the restaurant has billboards similar to movie posters and so currently it’s Vijay’s The beast appearing, Kamal Haasan VikramName is the following.

Inside is parked Rajnikanth’s famous ‘Lakshmi’ taxi Padikadhavan, an old black and yellow Fiat Padmini salvaged from the scrapyard and remodeled for four guests; a pink ambassador of Sidhdharth’s jil jung jug modified with two tables and a selfie side; small casino poker tables with a sports bike hanging from the ceiling above to recreate that of Ajith mangata; a section inspired by Kamal Haasan’s ’80s nightclub with multicolored seats, disco balls and lights that look like vinyl records; and a selfie booth with a car that recreates Dhanush’s Maari.

Iconic movie scenes in parks, rains and rural settings have been recreated in different sections. The piece de resistance is the 70-foot-long train car, which Vichitra said was a logistical nightmare to install. An auctioned railway wagon was transported to Madurai after it was cut into two pieces as there was no trailer available for such a long time. It was renovated by welding the two rooms together, insulating the roof and walls, installing floorboards and paneling it into an air-conditioned dining room for 70 people.

The ambience of the train is complete with details such as the emergency chain, fans, mirrors, car numbers and destination, sleepers with luggage on the upper steel shelves and monitors installed on the windows broadcasting landscape images of a train journey. “The rationale behind a real train is that many iconic Tamil films were shot on trains. By Sivaji Ganesan Thillana Mohanambal at Madhavan Alaipayuthey and Surya’s Vaaranam Ayiramthe inside of the bus is full of Tamil movie dialogues that have been rewritten to relate them to food,” says Vichitra.

Unique Kollywood movie themes and settings in Madurai Restaurant

“The food is better than what you get on a real train,” jokes S Ramesh, who is on his fourth visit since the restaurant relaunched two months ago.

Feasting on the multiple hues of Cine Suvai’s colorful intersection, designed like a huge railway platform, I grab a table inside the train and order sushi, presented for the first time in Madurai. Once again, the focus is on the essential details of the cinema: the tissue box designed as a clap board and the ticket box as a cinema reel; waiters dressed as Rajni Kanth, Dhanush or Nesamani from Vadivel, and waitresses as Saroja Devi. Even the hand-washing areas look like an actor’s dressing table with light bulb-lined mirrors. Cine Suvai has created an impressive setting and menu that must be experienced

Open daily from noon to 11 p.m.

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