Selvaraghavan, the path breaking director who created a new trend in Tamil cinema is now doing Aayirathil Oruvan with Karthi, Parthipan, Reema Sen and Andrea. He completed nearly 35 days shoot in the forests of Chakudy in Kerala for the film.
Now he is back in Chennai preparing for the second schedule of the film in the deserts of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Meanwhile the producer of the film had a difference of opinion with Selva over the budget of the film. What is happening is that the cost of the film has overshot the budget, making the producer jittery.
Selva has come under criticism for making it overshoot the budget. When contacted Selvaraghavan said: “Yes I agree it has overshot the budget, for no fault of mine. During the Kerala schedule it rained continuously for 15 days and we could not shoot, and the cost spiraled as we had a 500 member unit and the junior artists waiting for the skies to clear. What can I do about it?"
Selva is one director who is not only passionate about his work but is also a perfectionist. There are no short cuts in his film making method, as each shot is taken with care. He takes time and pain over his films and at it shows on the big screen. Says Selva: " Aayirathil Oruvan is an adventure film with about 80 percent graphics, and it not only takes time but also becomes expensive. It is a big challenge to make a film of this dimension and magnitude."
In Aayirathil Oruvan there are six songs, including a song from the MGR film by the same name. Says Selva: “I have taken the title song from MGR's Aayirathil Oruvan and used it for a similar situation song in my Aayirathil Oruvan, without any re-mix. I have got permission from the original right holders and HMV. I will be having five more songs in the film composed by Yuvan."
Selva one of the most innovative directors in the country is sure to make his Aayirathil Oruvan a super hit, because he understands the mind of today's audiences. 40 percent of the film is over, and another 20 percent will be completed in Jaisalmer, with the remaining 40 percent to be shot on sets in Ramiji Rao Studios in Hyderabad. The shoot of the film will be complete by February end and post production work may take two months, and it can release by mid- May as summer release.