Maniratnam's next movie on tamil fishermen and Sri Lankan army?
Reports appearing in the press say that ace director Maniratnam has almost finalized the script of his next film and that it would be based on the troubles and hardships faced by Indian (Tamilian) fishermen at the hands of the merciless Navy personnel of Sri Lanka. This would be the second time Mani would be making a film involving the Lankan Government after his ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ almost a decade back.

In typical Maniratnam’s style, the script would be laced with a mild love story. Mani is likely to launch Gautham, actor Karthick’s son, as hero with this film. The heroine would be another newcomer in Tulansi, who is the youngest daughter of yesteryear’s actress Radha. It may be noted that Tulasi’s elder sibling Karthika debuted as heroine in K.V. Anand’s ‘Ko’ opposite Jiiva only a few months back.

The natural forces of the sea-waters, night and moon would be playing ‘significant’ roles in Mani’s film, it is reliably learnt. Though Akshara Haasan, younger daughter of Kamal Haasan, was in the reckoning to play the female lead, she was replaced at the last moment by Tulasi as Akshara’s mother Sarika had told Suhasini Maniratnam in clear terms that she wanted her daughter to make her acting debut only through a Hindi film.

Almost three decades after Karthick and Radha debuted as on-screen pair in Bharathiraaja’s celebrated, revolutionary film ‘Alaigal Oyvadhillai’, their siblings are set to make their acting debut in Marniratnam’s upcoming film. A.R. Rehman would be scoring the music of the film which would have story and dialogues penned by noted author Jayamohan’.


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