Actor Guru Somasundaram ventured into Tamil cinema with an impressive performance in his debut film Aaranya Kaandam. He backed it up with another stunning performance in Jigarthanda which made him popular throughout the state. He yet again showcased what a top-notch performer he is with his remarkable recital in the life drama Joker. The actor was last seen on screen in a supporting role in the comedy mystery drama Agent Kannayiram which hit the theaters under the direction of story teller Manoj Beedha with actor Santhanam in the lead role. The entertainer opened to mixed reviews from both critics and audience. The Jigarthanda actor has now moved on, and is gearing up for the release of his next flick titled Yaathisai. Debutant actors Shakthi Mithran, and Rajalakshmi have essayed lead roles. Newbie film maker Dharani Rajendran has written and directed the flick. The project which went on floors a while back is now wrapped, and is in the post production shaping up for release.
Now, as part of promotion, director Dharani Rajendran has done an interview with a leading media house in the state. Talking about the entertainer, the director stated, “Yaathisai is a period war drama set at the backdrop of seventh century during the Sangam era in the Pandian dynasty ruled by prince Ranadheeran. It tells the tale of rivalry between two communities within the ancient Tamil populous. The uprising of the Eyinars and Cholas against the Pandiyas is the nuclei of the movie. Since it is a period drama, we put in a lot of effort in research. Trying to get a detailed grip on the culture, dialect, fighting skills, weapons and war strategies deployed, style of costumes and ornaments used during the era, from whatever study materials we could get our hands upon. There is also an exciting shot at partially recreating the popular Dasiyattam, an ancient form of dance. We have done our best to present the near milieu of the Sangam era to the audience. I am confident Yaathisai will be an interesting film for the audience.”
Speaking further he said, “Period dramas sort of demand a richness to get into the mood. We have shot many portions on a grand scale to achieve the feel. Major portions of the drama were shot in and around the surroundings of Theni and Kambam districts.” Explaining about the performance of the actors in the movie, the story teller said, “Though being debutant artists, actors Shakthi Mithran, and Rajalakshmi, have demonstrated a great level of maturity in handling their respective characters. Actor Guru Somasundaram plays a priest hailing from a tribal community in the drama. His character is a pivotal part in the plot. We all know he is an excellent performer. He has delivered another master class in Yaathisai.”
Apart from actors Shakthi Mithran, Rajalakshmi, and Guru Somasundaram, the casting division of the venture has actors Seyon, Subathra, M Chandrakumar, Samar, and Semmalar Annam of Maadathy fame in various other supporting roles. Music director Chakravarthy has scored music for the movie. Cinematographer Akilesh Kathamuthu has been behind camera for the venture. Editor Mahendran Ganesan has been roped in to edit the movie. The project is bankrolled by K R Raja Varshan under the banner house Venus Infotainment along with K J Ganesh for Six Star Entertainment.
On the other hand, actor Guru Somasundaram who was last seen on screens in Tamil in Agent Kannayiram is currently busy shooting for his next movie titled Indian 2 helmed by director Shankar in which he will be seen alongside actor Kamal Hassan, and for two of his Malayalam dramas christened Barroz: Guardian Of D’Gama’s Treasure under the direction of superstar Mohanlal, who also plays the lead in the film, and for Charles Enterprise directed by story teller Subhash Lalitha Subrahmanian in which he will be sharing screen space with actors Urvashi and Balu Varghese. Apart from these ventures, the actor has a Malayalam project Her crafted by film maker LIjin Jose in which he has collaborated with actresses Urvashi and Parvathy Thiruvothu in the post production stage getting fine tuned for release.