Remember the enjoyable Vishnu Vishal-Remya Nambeesan starrer Kullanari Koottam which released in March, 2011? The film, which didn’t have any huge star to boast except the sole presence of Vishal and comedian Soori (who was struggling at that time), went on to become a super-duper hit at the box-office. Debutant Sribalaji was lauded by critics for the tact with which he drove home his ‘transparency in recruitment’ message.
More than four years after his first film, Sribalaji has launched his second film as director in Enga Kaattula Mazhai which stars newbies Mithun Maheswaran and Sruthi Ramakrishnan in lead roles. Appukutty, who won the national award for ‘best supporting actor’ for his role in Suseenthiran’s Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai, plays a prominent role in the film which has Sams, Aruldoss and Madhumitha in its case.
Srivijay is the film’s music director. Sribalaji, who had taken a vow not to meet any scribe till he wrapped up the film’s shoot, met newspersons in Chennai yesterday. “I was waiting for a proper script and that is the reason for the 4-year long gap between my first film and Enga Kaattula Mazhai. More important was to get a good producer and I’m lucky in both these categories,” he said.
“The script is about a jobless hero and Appukutty, who comes to Chennai from village in search of a job. They become friends and befriend a dog, which had been chased away by its master who couldn’t feed the dog.
The script revolves around these three. I even contemplated casting another actor in the dog’s character but would have bored the audiences. It even delivers ‘punch dialogues’ as a counter to the hero and Appukkutty’s dialogues. It would be loved by children and elders alike,” adds Sribalaji.
Popular small-screen actor Aadhavan has dubbed for the dog in the film. “Making a dog act is the toughest thing in the world; we provided it with everything: A/C car, chicken and ice-creams, chocolates, etc. The title is very satisfactory and we hope to release the film soon in theatres,” Sribalaji concluded.