*“Kudi Mahaan is based on the beautiful essence of Friendship and Hope” – Director N Prakash*
*The story of Kudi Mahaan originated at a tea shop” – Actor Vijay Sivan*
*“One in every three alcoholics drink out of stress and depression” – Actress Komal Sharma*
*“Both Men and Women are not equal” – Comedy Actor Sathish’s sensational speech at Kudi Mahaan Event*
*“Talk to those, who are stressed and depressed” – Actress Komal Sharma*
Vijay Sivan of Scenario Media Works has produced the film ‘Kudi Mahaan’, which is directed by Prakash.N, who won the ‘Runner-Up’ award for his short film ‘Kutty Dhadha’ at Nalaiya Iyakkunar Season 6. He has embarked on his directorial journey in the mainstream cinema through the movie ‘Kudi Mahaan’.
Vijay Sivan plays the lead role, and Chandini Tamizharasan performs the female lead character in this movie. Bigg Boss fame actor Suresh Chakravarthy, Namo Narayanan, Sethu, Vijay TV fame KPY Hones Raj and many others are a part of this star-cast. Besides, many actors, who were part of short films that contested in Nalaiya Iyakkunar Season 6 are also a part of this star cast.
Meiyendhiran, a protégé of Balu Mahendra is handling cinematography, Tanuj Menon is composing music, and Shibu Neel BR are handling editing.
Last month, filmmakers Vetrimaaran, Arunraja Kamaraj, Ponram and many other eminent personalities unveiled the first look of this film. The film’s audio and trailer launch happened last night (February 26, 2023) at Chennai amidst the huge fanfare. Apart from the film’s cast and crew, the others present for the occasion were comedy actor Sathish, actress Sheela Rajkumar, Komal Sharma, GP Muthu, the YouTube sensation Arun-Aravind and many others were present.
Here are some excerpts from the occasion.
Actor Namo Narayanan said, “This film is quite different from what I have acted so far. I shot continuously 20 days for this movie. On the final day of my shoot, the team members ordered a personalized cake for me, and asked me to cut for celebrating the occasion. Such gestures moistened my eyes. The film’s producers came in person to check if I got my remuneration properly, which is something new to me.”
Cinematographer Meiyendhiran said, “I have been a part of this journey from the time of scripting process. This project is something that is so close to my heart. Although the film has a title of Kudi Mahaan, it has 100% commercial elements.”
Actress Sheela Rajkumar said, “I thank everyone, who supported and appreciated my performance in the web series ‘Pettai Kaali’. It’s so emotional to see that everyone has accepted as a part of their family after watching my role and performance in this web series. A couple of days ago, I introduced by self-grown bull into the game of Jalikattu, and his name is Baasha.
I was supposed to be a part of Kudi Mahaan, but unfortunately couldn’t sign the project, as I had already given the same dates to Pettai Kaali. I express my regrets to director Prakash for not being able to be a part of this great project.”
Actress Komal Sharma said, “Since the film’s title is Kudi Mahaan, I don’t want to preach or give any piece of advice. But I would like to make it clear that one among three drinkers are deeply stressed and depressed. If you come across any of your friends or close ones dealing with this addiction, kindly speak to them openly, which might alleviate their issues. Giving a helping hand is a good habit, and you must try doing it.”
Actor Suresh Chakravarthy said, “Recently, I am a part of several movies, and most of them are directed by newcomers. I appreciate debutant Prakash for his clarity, conviction and ability to get extract what he exactly wants from the actors and technicians. He shot my portions continuously for 48 hour without any break. I have become a hardcore fan of Namo Narayan after acting with him in this movie.
Music Director Tanuj Menon said, “Director Prakash and myself have a strong bonding of friendship for 27 years. (Jokingly added), However, he has completely forgotten me after seeing GP Muthu here. I would say, Naresh Iyer is my inspiration and mentor. He has rendered his voice for both the songs composed by me in this movie. Vineeth Srinivasan has also crooned a song in this movie.”
Actor-Producer Vijay Sivan said, “Director Prakash introduced me before the camera through Nalaiya Iyakkunar. We started discussing about this film when the Corona phase soon. During the Lockdown, we constantly kept discussing the script, especially at Tea shop.”
YouTube fame Twins Arun-Aravind said, “The growth of Tanuj is phenomenal. He started his musical journey as a part of orchestra, where he was paid Rs. 300 as his remuneration. Today, he is the music composer for a film, thereby putting an end to all those who kept questioning his potentials and talents.”
Comedy actor Sathish said, “It looks like the team has invited me as I am a Teetotaler. Similarly, I too tried conveying some message regarding it. However, they have clearly imparted it through the trailer itself. If the school and college going students, don’t get addicted to alcohol during that stage, they will never touch it forever. I too didn’t get addicted in the same way.
I have spoken about it in many schools and colleges. But the hilarious part is that a college principal asking me to convey this message in a women’s college. When I asked him the reason, he told me that women are equally getting addicted to alcohol as much as men. But I would always state that men and women are not equal. Women are always higher, and they are equal to God.”
Director Prakash. N said, “The film is based on the friendship and Hope. The team that worked with me during the Nalaiya Iyakkunar has collaborated with me for this project, which was my long run dream. Alcohol is just a small part of this movie, and it has lots of commercial elements that will entertain the family audiences.”
GP Muthu, who took part as chief guest for this event said, “I saw the trailer, and it is so natural, and I am confident that it will be a successful film.”
This 2-hour event was very well hosted by the anchor – VJ Paru, who kept the entire crowds exhilarated and enthusiastically engaged.
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