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Casting non-actors is an important step in democratising cinema: Mari Selvaraj at Karnan press event

Karnan's lead Dhanush, who could not make it to the event, wrote a heartfelt letter to Mari Selvaraj

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Published: 31st March 2021

The press meet of the upcoming Mari Selvaraj-directorial Karnan, starring Dhanush, was held today in Chennai. Director Mari Selvaraj, producer Kalaipuli S Thanu, cinematographer Theni Eswar, editor Selva RK, and music director Santhosh Narayanan were among the attendees. The event also marked the launch of the film's fourth song, Uttradheenga Yeppov, sung by Dhee.

Dhanush, who is currently shooting for The Grey Man in the US, could not attend the event. However, he shared his working experience and expressed his gratitude in a letter to filmmaker Mari Selvaraj. “Karnan was a great learning experience for me, both as an actor and a human. Mari’s humanity is inspiring. Thank you for coming into my life and transforming me into Karnan. A special place awaits you in the film industry,” wrote the actor, who recently won the National Award for his performance in Asuran.

In a heartfelt speech, Mari said, “When I stand on this stage, I represent the hundreds of people who worked on the film. I thank Dhanush sir for believing in me and signing the film even before watching Pariyerum Perumal. While Dhanush sir was my primary support on the sets, Thanu sir ensured a seamless production, despite numerous external hurdles.”

“There are several non-actors in this film who've faced the camera for the first time and I see it as an important step in democratising cinema. Singing and dancing have been an integral part of rural lifestyle for decades, and I’d like for those who practise these art forms to realise that they too can be a part of cinema,” added the sophomore filmmaker. 

Speaking about the film's music, Santhosh Narayanan said, “The film gave me a huge opportunity to record people’s music amidst them. I had the privilege to record the works of the Marungan sir, one of the best nadaswaram players in the world.”

The cast of the film, including Yogi Babu, Natty, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, and Rajisha Vijayan, also graced the event.

Karnan, bankrolled by V Creations and also starring Lal and Gouri G. Kishan, is set for release on April 9. 

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