Harshini S V
In Mani Ratnam's Mouna Ragam,the building was both a college and a police station in different scenes. In Thiruda Thiruda, the college turned into a Government office.
Gautham Vasudev Menon, set his recent Enai Noki Paayum Thotta here, with the protagonist calling it a place with high capitation fees, and saying the owner thought of making even more money by letting it out for film shoots.
For many filmmakers, a film isn't really even set in Chennai if there's no scene on Napier Bridge. What Presidency is to Mani Ratnam and what SSN College and ECR are to Gautham Vasudev Menon, this Bridge is to director Atlee.
The flyover on GN Chetty Road is closed late in the evenings until early in the morning, and that makes it a sweet spot for shooting. the flyover has become a place not only to show heartbroken men but to show heartbroken couples too such as 96.
Another favourite for romantic scenes, right from the Seventies or Eighties From Revathi dancing here in the rain in Mouna Ragam to the mature romance set here in the recent hit Sillu Karupatti, there's a scene for every mood here.
In Ayitha Ezhuthu, this is where gangster Inba (Madhavan) meets Michael (Suriya), a student union leader, before the elections. From insulting each other, they end up trading blows in an unforgettable scene
Another favourite of director Atlee and Shankar, this has mainly been used to stage elaborate and colourful songs shoots or even bigger, wilder fight scenes.