The summer season starts with Sun Pictures Dhanush starrer Maappillai releasing big on April 8 worldwide.
It is a remake of the 1989 Rajinikanth classic with the same title and there is a big buzz around how the real life son-in-law will enact what the superstar did years back. In this interview, director Suraaj speaks about the film
What is Maappillai all about?
When I met Dhanush and had talks, he asked me to make a mass, action film for his fans. We decided to remake the old Rajinikanth classic Maappillai with suitable changes as the subject of the film is universal and will appeal to all section of audiences anytime.
Do you think that Dhanush is the apt hero to play Maappillai?
Today, Dhanush is the only actor in Tamil cinema who can do justice to the role. He is the real son-in-law of our superstar and hence does the most deserving actor to do this role. This is a film aimed at Dhanush fans. And with Sun Pictures, marketing the film, expectations are sky high.
How has it shaped up?
It is going to be a rocking entertainer with action, comedy, romance, sentiments and thrilling moments. A sure shot formula for success (smiles)
Tell us about the film?
Dhanush is the hero and Hansika plays his love interest. Manisha Koirala plays the famous mother-in-law character made memorable by late Sri Vidya in the original. The confrontation scenes between Manisha and Dhanush are a major highlight.
How is the comedy department?
Comedy by Vivek will be a sure guarantee and his combination with Dhanush has always worked in the past. There is a huge supporting star cast.
Any other highlights?
There is a lot of change that has been incorporated in the new Mappillai. We have taken only the thread from the original and the presentation is made according to the sensibilities of today's audiences.
Mani Sharma has remixed the song Ennode du Nalla Raasi from the original audio and we shot in Tirunelveli on a huge canvass. We have used 1000 junior artists, 100 tractors, 100 bullock carts, 25 giant wheels and 100 dancers for the song. A Kali Amman statue was made by the art director and cameraman Sathish Kumar shot the song in seven days. It is going to be a visual treat.