Biopic bug catches Kollywood too – F’day Spl. Article by Naveen

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While a bunch of biopics are currently being made in neighbouring Tollywood, Kollywood is not left behind. In Tamil film industry too, a string of such movies are currently under different stages of production.
Industry analysts say biopics are the best way to capture the life and work of veterans and show it to the present-day audience. Here is a look at some of the biopics in the making.
TRAFFIC RAMASAMY
The film, starring veteran director S A Chandrasekhar in the lead role, is based on the life of Traffic Ramaswamy, a social activist and public interest litigator.
Directed by debutant Vicky, the movie stars Rohini, Prakash Raj, R K Suresh and Ambika in key roles.
Speaking at a recent press meet of the movie, SAC said, “I am doing the main character and there is one fight scene in the film, a scene in which a person needs to hit the baddies and save me. That character needs to come for just that one scene and the director could have chosen any star to play that role but he wanted Vijay to do that role. He came to me and said, ‘can you ask Vijay sir’. He did not want any small actor, he directly wanted Vijay to do that role. He insisted if I ask Vijay, he will act. I told him, I won’t ask Vijay sir, if I ask him, it will end up in trouble so let’s ask Vijay Antony.”
The film’s music is composed by Balamurali, of Hara Hara Mahadevaki fame. Trend Music has bought the audio release rights of the film.
NADIGAIYAR THILAKAM
‘Nadigaiyar Thilakam’, being made simultaneously in Telugu as ‘Mahanati’, is based on the life of veteran actress Savitri.
Starring Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Anushka Shetty and Samantha Akkineni in the lead roles, the film is directed by Nag Ashwin. Produced by Vyjayanthi Movies, it has music by Mickey J Meyer.
Explaining why he chose to turn Savitri’s career into a film script, the director stated “from a penniless origin to the first female superstar, her life is quite a story” and that it was a “moment in time where it has been long enough that film legends have left us” and “that we will have to revisit them and understand why they are legends”.
MGR
‘MGR, A Film on Makkal Thilagam’, is based on the life history of matinee idol-turned-chief minister M G Ramachandran.
CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam and other top functionaries of the state government participated at the launch of the biopic.
Director A Balakrishnan, who shot to fame after he made a biopic on Kamaraj, is wielding the megaphone for the film on MGR. It will mark the birth centenary year of the matinee idol-turned-politician.
The film will have Satheesh Kumar playing the title role, while director S S Stanley will play DMK founder and MGR’s mentor C N Annadurai.
MARIYAPPAN
Aishwarya R Dhanush, after helming ‘3’ and ‘Vai Raja Vai’, is all set to direct a biopic on Indian Paralympic High Jump Champion Mariyappan Thangavelu , who won Gold Medal at 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Titled ‘Mariyappan’, the film will throw spotlight on the life of 21-year-old high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu from Tamil Nadu. Shah Rukh Khan shared the film’s first look poster.
The Bollywood star wrote on his Twitter page: “Here’s presenting the first look of the biopic on Mariyappan Thangavelu, our very own national hero. All the best Aishwarya.” The poster also revealed that the film will be simultaneously shot in English as well.
Raju Murugan of ‘Cuckoo’ and ‘Joker’ fame will be penning the dialogues for the film while Sean Roldon has been roped in to compose music.
MAAMANITHAN
Vijay Sethupathi’s next, ‘Maamanithan’, is said to be a biopic on the life of a person hailing from south Tamil Nadu.
The actor will be playing a politician in the movie being helmed by Seenu Ramasamy. Interestingly, the film will see maestro Ilaiyaraaja and his sons Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja composing together for the first time.
The film marks the third collaboration of Vijay Sethupathi, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Seenu Ramaswamy after ‘Idam Porul Yeval’ and ‘Dharmadurai’.

By Naveen

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