It’s excitement and release-day jitters for Soundarya

As her directorial debut Kochadaiiyaan — The Legend opens in cinemas, Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin is a mixed bag of emotions. “I’ve done everything I could. Now, I hope people enjoy watching the film. It’s both exciting and nerve-racking,” she says.

The 3D animation film stars Rajinikanth in dual roles — as the warrior Kochadaiiyaan and his son Rana. Deepika Padukone, as Princess Vadhana, is paired opposite his younger avatar. The cast also includes Jackie Shroff, Shobhana, Nasser and Aadhi.

The subject of the film was decided before Soundarya decided to use motion performance capture technology, a first in India. “The script demanded it. It’s a period drama and required huge sets. I felt it would be best to do it as a fantasy film,” she says, adding, “We shot for seven days with dad, two with Deepika and another seven-odd days with the other actors. Work began after I finished capturing their movements and expressions.”

Fortunately, she got the same team that worked on the Hollywood film, Avatar. “We have abundant talent; what we lack is a good platform and training. I hope with this, Indian technicians working abroad get more opportunities,” she concludes.


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