Ajay Gnanamuthu who impressed us with his debut horror thriller film Demonte Colony is back with an action thriller Imaikkaa Nodigal starring ‘Lady Superstar’ Nayanthara, Bollywood’s acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap and Atharvaa.
“Nayanthara’s character was originally written for a male protagonist. I was skeptical with the double hero subject, so I tweaked one of the roles, which gave a unique emotional flavor to the film”, said Ajay, who was careful to not include over the top action sequences for Nayanthara.
“There are a few physically demanding sequence for Nayanthara like operating guns and chasing down the criminals but nothing will be over the top. In fact, Nayanthara told me that we shouldn’t end up attempting comedy in the name of action. Nayanthara plays an intelligent investigative officer in the film”, added the director.
Anurag Kashyap plays a deadly villain named Rudra in the film. Ajay said: “I had only two options—Gautham Menon and Anurag Kashyap. As Gautham sir was busy with his directorial commitments, I approached Anurag Kashyap who has done an impeccable job and exactly replicated what I wrote on the paper”.
Ajay also spoke high about his hero Atharvaa. “Even before my first film, Atharvaa was aware of Imaikkaa Nodigal. He has given his heart and soul to the script. We filmed a racy chase sequence in which heavy vehicles hit his bicycle but Atharvaa was brave enough to take such risks for the sake of the film”.
In the recent action thriller films, romance sequences are lamely written and it tests the patience of the audience. “I can guarantee that Imaikkaa Nodigal will be an emotional thriller and the romantic sequences will not stick out of the screenplay”, promises the director.
Generally, young directors don’t prefer to work with senior writers but Ajay worked with Pattukotai Prabakar in Imaikkaa Nodigal. “We broke the ice on our first meet itself. I clear told Prabakar sir that there will be heated arguments for the film but nothing is personal. Although I wrote the entire screenplay and Prabakar sir only contributed dialogues, his inclusion has changed a lot of scenes”, added Gnanamuthu.
For Imaikkaa Nodigal, Hiphop Tamizha has composed music in Germany. “Hiphop Tamizha adds so much positivity to our team. His songs and rerecording are a big boost to the film”, said the director who shot major portions of Imaikkaa Nodigal in Chennai and Bengaluru.
“As per the storyline, we needed two nearby cities. Although Tamil filmmakers shot in Bengaluru before, they haven’t fully explored all the locations. My cinematographer RD Rajasekar and I captured many beautiful places of Bengaluru for the film, thanks to my college days”, smiled the director.
The first look poster of the film itself was interesting with Anurag Kashyap, Nayanthara, and Atharvaa carrying the mask featuring the faces of adjacent ones. “We only released a minimum number of posters but each one will convey a story. My team and I would brainstorm before locking any publicity content”, said Ajay.
Ajay has successfully completed the shoot of Imaikkaa Nodigal, he is waiting for the technical department to hand over the final copy. Once the censor process gets completed, the team will make an official announcement on the release date.
- Rajasekar S