On November 22nd, the team of Murattukkalai 2009 (also referred to as Murattukaalai) – hero Sundar C., producer Gunanidhi Amritham, music director Srikanth Deva and cameraman Sanantonio Giorgio – met the press to announce the launch of their remake.
Starring Rajinikanth, the original AVM production bearing the same title made history when it was released 25 years ago and it raised Rajinikanth from rising star to superstar of Kollywood. This monumental film marked a turning point in his career.
The film was widely praised for its climax fight scene shot on a speeding train. It is with this famous scene that the remake’s shoot will start on December 1st in Sengkottai. Since producer Gunanidhi Amritham and director K. Selvabharathy have made elaborate plans to shoot this pivotal and crucial scene, the onus of matching this scene’s original glory is not overburdening the team. A confident Sundar C. said that though he cannot fit in Rajinikanth’s place, he will definitely add a new dimension to the role and make the film interesting. Filming will take place in three phases in various areas like Pollachi, Sengkottai, Thiruvanthapuram and Kuttralam. The film will hit screens on April 14, 2009 (Tamil New Year). Songs will be picturised in foreign locations.
Gunanidhi Amritham, who produces this remake, is a well-known producer who gave the hits Madurai Meenakshi and Mansu Rendum Puthusu 13 years ago. Now, he is back from a hiatus to produce this remake, which according to him will “repeat history”. Sanantonio Giorgio, a former associate of P.C. Sreeram and cinematographer of Dishyum, will take care of the cinematography of Murattukkalai 2009. Music will be composed by Srikanth Deva.
Sundar C. and Sneha will reprise the roles of the original’s lead pair – Rajinikanth and Rathi Agnihotri. The “South Indian James Bond” Jaishankar played the villain in the original; Suman will play the villain in the remake. Vivek and Thyagu will reprise the roles of Surali Rajan and “Thengai” Sreenivasan respectively.
Since the original film is 25 years old, minor modifications have been made to the script to suit modern audience tastes. But the evergreen song ‘Pothuvaga Emmanasu Thangam’ and Murattukkalai are inseparable – so the filmmakers are retaining it, but it will be slightly remixed without marring its originality.
Trivia: AVM had reserved this script to be remade with Ilayathalapathy Vijay, but producer Gunanidhi Amritham convinced them to remake it with Sundar C. and bought its rights.