A film with 40 characters and a goat
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu's director Suresh Sangaiah talks about the film to CE
After being screened at many international film festivals, Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu will be hitting the screens on June 2. Director Suresh Sangaiah, who has also written the story, is quite excited.
He says, "I'm from a village near Rajapalayam, and the film is based on incidents I grew up watching. In the name of modernisation, we've lost a number of cultural aspects that we're known for. During festival season, the whole village would gather to travel to the main temple in the region, but nowadays, families have split up, and attend these events as small groups. I wouldn't be surprised if these groups further get reduced to individuals in the coming years. My film talks about how this change isn't good."
The film stars Vidharth and Raveena Ravi along with director Bharathirajaa's brother Jeyaraj, Jithan Mohan, Aaru Bala, George, Lakshmi patti, Dhakshayini and a number of new faces. "The film has as many as 40 characters with all of them getting equal weightage. Despite being a star, Vidharth understood this and didn't insist that he be given more importance," the director adds.
The comedy-drama premiered at the 17th edition of The New York Indian Film Festival in April. Suresh says, "We sent the film to a number of festivals. Some of them demanded that the film be unreleased in order to be screened there. Now, since we're done with the festival screenings, we're ready to release the film. There are a few other festivals that accept released films and we're planning to send the film to them later."
The trailer shows that the film revolves around a goat that's bred to be sacrificed at the village festival. When asked whether the film will be preachy about the topic, Suresh says, "No, we don't dwell over the morality of animal sacrifices. The goat grows up in the village and the villagers take it to be sacrificed. Not knowing the fate in store for it, it too tags along. The story turns after a point and the goat is witness to the developments."
On dubbing artist Raveena Ravi, who has turned heroine in this film, Suresh says, "She has done a great job. As she has dubbed for many films, it was easy for her to get her reactions right." Raveena has dubbed for actresses such as Amala Paul, Amy Jackson, Samantha, and Nayanthara, The film, which has editing by Praveen KL, cinematography by RV Saran and music by Raghuraam, is produced by Eros International.