Pan-Indian heroines for ‘Sangamithra’

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jayam-ravi-and-aryaAfter Baahubali, here comes another mammoth budget film titled Sangamithra, from Sri Thenandal Films. Helmed by Sundar C, the movie, a trilingual, is a dual-hero subject with Jayam Ravi and Arya. AR Rahman is scoring the music. We caught up with producer Murali Ramanarayanan, who spills the beans about his prestigious project — “After Baahubali, we now have the confidence that given a well-made, well-packaged movie, the audience will lap it up. Though Sangamithra is a fictionalised historical drama, it still has contemporary issues which people can connect with,” he says. Both the lead heroes have given one and a half years of call sheets for the movie, he reveals.

He also reveals that talks are on for two lead heroines, with pan-Indian appeal — “The titular role of Sangamithra is extremely important and we need someone who is a performer, apart from being extremely good-looking.” On signing AR Rahman, he says, “If sir was not keen to work on a subject, he would politely turn it down at once. When we approached him, he liked the script and in principle agreed to be part of the project. After a week, he came on board officially.”

“Rahman sir always tells me — ‘more than touting it as a big budget film, make it an ambitious movie and things will automatically fall in place!’ That’s what we have done,” Murali adds. The shooting will take place in palaces and forts across India, as well as in several sets erected by set designer Sabu Cyril — on ground level as also underwater. “We needed water-based studios which are available in America and China only,” he says. Lyricist Vairamuthu ,cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee, VFX supervisor Kamala Kannan are also part of the technical team. The film goes on floors end of July.