The Santosh Sivan directed classic period film Urumi, co-produced by actor Prithviraj has made the latter a very happy man.
In a rare appearance at a media interaction in Chennai last week, Prithviraj was all smiles as he shared the news of the success of the Tamil version and thanked the people of TN for making it a success.
Said he, “Urumi was one of the most expensive films in Kerala. But the project just grew big gradually from one line that Santosh narrated to me while we were doing Ravanan. I am not a full fledged producer and have just made one more film called Indian Rupee which won a National Award recently. I must thank Kalaipuli Thanu for helping us market the film in TN, for my contacts are restricted to Kerala as far as marketing is concerned.”
Apparently two versions of the film were shot for the differing Kerala and TN audiences. Talking about the star cast he said, “I am grateful to all the big stars and technicians that readily agreed to do the film and did not ever discuss their star remuneration with us. It was all possible only because of Santosh Sivan and the respect they have for his work. We wanted to cast actors who crossed borders in appeal because the film itself has no boundaries and has a Pan Indian appeal. Its one film that will outlive time. Even one year after its release in Kerala, it still looks fresh in its Tamil version today.”
The film was shot in 65 days and the crew is currently working on the English version. The actor disclosed that he is waiting for the right buyer for the dubbed Hindi version, who will be able to carry the film across in the manner befitting it and reach it to the audience in the right way.
The film stars Genelia, Arya, Prabhu Deva, Tabu, Anmol Gupte and Vidya Balan. Actor Arya was also present at the meet to convey his solidarity with the project.