Bobby Simha to play Velupillai Prabhakaran in biopic
Interestingly, the actor played a character hailing from Sri Lanka in his last release, Saamy Square
Several attempts have been made to depict the controversial life of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on film, with very few actually seeing the light of the day.
Young filmmaker, Venkatesh Kumar G, a student of late cinematographer and filmmaker, Balu Mahendra, has now taken up the challenge with a new film titled The Raging Tiger. The film will reportedly chronicle in detail the time period from Prabhakaran's birth to his life as a militant. It's worth noting that Venkatesh has previously directed critically acclaimed films like Unakkul Naan (2015) and Lightman (2016). Also based on the Sri Lankan conflict, his 2017 film, Neelam was refused clearance and banned by the Censor board of India on the grounds that it would damage ties with Sri Lanka
Bobby Simha, who won the National award for his performance in Jigarthanda, has been signed to portray the LTTE supremo in The Raging Tiger. Interestingly, the actor played a character hailing from Sri Lanka in his last release, Saamy Square. Produced by Studio 18, the Prabhakaran biopic is expected to go on floors soon.