CHENNAI: Kollywood and film buffs have been rather curious from the time director Bala announced that ‘Naan Kadavul’ would be his next project. When it’s a director who gave some of today’s leading stars their breakthroughs films such as ‘Sethu,’ ‘Nandha’ and ‘Pithamagan,’ the expectations on his film are bound to be very high.
‘Naan Kadavul,’ has an interesting line up of technicians - actors Arya and Pooja in the lead, music direction by Ilayaraja, lyrics by Valee and cinematography by Arthur A. Wilson, besides nearly 200 new artistes. For the first time, Bala has someone else penning the dialogues for his film. This time, it is noted writer Jayamohan.
“It is Bala’s story. We’ve adapted some small characters from my novel Ezhaam Ulagam to this script and Bala has visually interpreted them. My novel is simple, but the director has brought in a lovely grandeur in the film,” Mr. Jayamohan told The Hindu on Monday.
“The dialogues are simple and accessible, but I’ve tried to raise some fundamental questions pertaining to our lives.”
Speaking on the film, which is expected to hit the cinemas for Pongal, he said: “It will sure be a haunting film.”
A fairly significant portion of the film has been shot in Kashi and this is where cinematographer Arthur A. Wilson’s camera has really experimented.
“I collected many paintings on the place and kept seeing them to get the feel of the place, the lighting, the movement and so on. We haven’t any gimmick in the cinematography and that makes this film very special visually,” he told The Hindu.
The feel would be very subtle, the technician added.
The music and the lyrics have also come out beautifully, industry sources said.