Mani Ratnam has gone back to his ‘Nayagan’ days, says A.R. Rahman

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Mani Ratnam has gone back to his ‘Nayagan’ days, says A.R. Rahman

Audio launch of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a star-studded affair

Teachers’ Day was extra special for the cast and crew of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (CCV). The young actors spent their Wednesday evening with their guru, Mani Ratnam, at the audio launch of the much-awaited multi-starrer.

“Mani Ratnam has gone back to his Nayagan days,” announced A.R. Rahman, to thunderous applause, before performing a few songs (Mazhai Kuruvi and Bhoomi Bhoomi) from the film. CCV boasts of an ensemble cast including Arvind Swamy, Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, and Arun Vijay, among others. The female leads include Jyotika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao and Diana.

For Arvind Swamy, a regular in the director’s films, it was like “going back home”. “I’ve been associated with Mani for eight projects, but I keep thinking about why I was not in the rest of his films.”

Lyricist Vairamuthu, who has been associated with the Rahman-Ratnam combination since Roja, said that the film threw light on the pursuit of success at the cost of relationships.

“This is a symbolic title,” he said, and went down memory lane, adding, “So many things have changed from 1992 to now, but what hasn’t changed is Mani’s zeal and energy. I’m thankful to late director K. Balachander for getting the three of us together.”

Simbu and Arun Vijay are among the actors who team up with the filmmaker for the first time in this film. Arun Vijay said, “I was initially quite tense about such big names but Mani sir made it easy for me.And, I came into cinema because of A.R. Rahman – I was supposed to debut in a film he was supposed to score music for. That didn’t happen then, but I’m glad my 25th film has music by him.”

Produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, the film is slated for release on September 28.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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