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Indian filmmaker Thiagarajan looks to shoot movie in Kuwait

lifestyleWell-known South Indian actor and filmmaker Thiagarajan said yesterday that he is looking at the possibility of shooting a new movie against the fascinating backdrop of Kuwait. Talking to Kuwait Times in an interview, the veteran actor, film director and producer said, "As a filmmaker, I am always hunting for good locations. I'm always fascinated by something new. I find this country quite interesting. I have visited a few places here which are amazing," Thiagarajan, who shot films in many parts of the world, said.

"I see a different and distinct backdrop here with green panoramic scenery and spectacular oceanic views.  No filmmaker has so far utilized many of the country's beautiful locations . There are many interesting spots here and I think we can do two or three full movies here," he said.

Thiagarajan, accompanied by his son and popular South Indian actor Prashant, arrived in Kuwait on Thursday to attend Valaikuda Vanambadi Poets Association, Kuwait's 'Kaviyarangam' and Musical Festival, at American International School, Maidan Hawally yesterday.

Thiagarajan entered the Tamil film industry as an actor whose debutant movie 'Alaigal Oivathillai' in 1982 was well-noticed. This was followed by another Tamil film 'Kalyana Kalam'.  However, 'Malaiyoor Mambattiyaan' released in 1982, gave Thiagarajan a break as an actor.

"Usually, Indian filmmakers choose foreign locations to shoot dance or song sequences. But here I see the potential of shooting a full-length movie. Ever since I landed here yesterday, I have been thinking aloud why we cannot shoot a movie in Kuwait," he commented.

A versatile actor, Thiagarajan acted in more than hundred films in south Indian languages-Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu - and in Hindi. 'Deviyin Thiruvilaiyadal', 'Bhagavathipuram Railway Gate',  'Nalla Naal', 'Neengal Kettavai', 'Neruppukkul Eeram', 'Erimalai', 'Kaval', 'Karuppu Chattaikaran', 'Raja Yuvaraja,' 'Machakaran', 'Paayum Puli', 'Veerapandi',  'Adaikalam'  and 'Drohi' are some of his notable Tamil movies. He has acted in the blockbuster Hindi movie 'John Jani Janaradan'. His Malayalam movies include 'Abkari', 'New Delhi', 'Adholokam', 'Manu Uncle', 'Oru Muthassi Katha', 'Thilakkam,'  and 'Bodyguard.'

As an actor, Thiagarajan can play his roles with considerable ease and dexterity, be it hero or villain. He made his directorial debut with the Tamil film 'Poovukkul Bhoogambam' in 1988 in which he also acts as the protagonist. The other movies he directed include 'Salem Vishnu',  'Aanazhagan', 'Shock', 'Ponnar Shankar' and 'Mambattiyan'.

"If a movie is shot in Kuwait, it will also promote the country in a big way. We can project the country in a big way as Kuwait has its own history and rich culture," Thiagarajan said. "A large number of Indians are living here. I have also come to know that many good Indian movies are regularly shown in theatres across Kuwait. So, I think it will be an ideal proposition for us to open up something here," he added.

Thiagarajn produced many movies as well, first being 'Ponnar Shankar' , his magnum opus, in which his son Prashant plays the hero. The film directed by Shankar, is written by M Karunandhi, the Tamil film industry veteran and former Tamil Nadu chief minister.  The movie was shot on a broad canvas creating real-time situations on an epic scale. The director avoided computer visuals and graphics as much as possible in the film in order to give the movie an authentic touch. "If you see a clash of 10,000 horses in one scene, you will see 2,000 dancers in yet another scene," he said. His other major productions include 'Shock' and 'Mambattiyan.' 'Mambattiayan,' is the sequel to 'Malaiyoor Mambattiyan' in which Prashant plays the lead.  Thiagarajan's upcoming movies are  'Manathoru Minnukettu' (Malayalam) and 'Vaimai' (Tamil).

By Sajeev K Peter

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This article was published on 11/10/2013