The teaser of Arya–Sayyeshaa starrer Teddy is out now. Helmed by Shakti Soundar Rajan, the film is being bankrolled by KE Gnanavelraja and his daughter Aadhana Gnanavelraja under their Studio Green banner. The film marks the third association of the real-life couple after Ghajinikanth and Kaappaan.
The teaser begins with the bold voice of Magizh Thirumeni and a glimpse of him comparing his profession to a watch. What follows is Arya in action, action and only action with a brief breezy introduction to the teddy which surprisingly has a feminine voice. There’s also talk about the abduction of girls and a shot of Sayyeshaa with Arya. The rhyme at the end, though catering to children, could’ve been avoided.
The makers took to Twitter to release the teaser marking the director’s birthday and the first anniversary of the lead pair.
The wait is over! Here it is!! The exciting #TeddyTeaser!!
— Studio Green (@StudioGreen2) March 10, 2020
The film is touted to be a fantasy entertainer, aimed at children and youngsters. Apart from the lead pair, the film also stars Bigg Boss Tamil fame Sakshi Agarwal, Sathish, Karunakaran, and Masoom Shankar in important roles. Magizh Thirumeni makes his acting debut with the film. He had earlier dubbed for Anurag Kashyap in Ajay Gnanamuthu‘s Imaikkaa Nodigal.
The film wrapped up the shoot in December and is now in the post-production phase owing to a great deal of graphics involved. The work has been taking place at NextGen Media and Arunraj who was in charge of the graphics in his previous venture Tik Tik Tik is helming this too.
Speaking about the title, Shakti Soundar Rajan said, “There is a deep connection between the teddy bear and Arya in the film. We shortlisted various names for the title and finally decided to go with Teddy. A teddy bear is something known and enjoyed by all generations and thus we felt it would be apt for the film. We’re striving to make the movie an enjoyable one for all generations.”
After films like Naanayam (dealt with a bank heist), Miruthan (dealt with zombies), and Tik Tik Tik (dealt with space) the director who is known for delving into unique plots says the idea of a computerised teddy bear is a unique aspect in itself. “The genre of the film can’t be described in one word. This teddy bear which is entirely built with graphics travels with the actor throughout the film serving like a second-hero. It will act, fight and perform just like any other character.” said Shakti.
Speaking about the real-life couple Arya and Sayyesha, “I was apprehensive with the thought of approaching them. Despite the fact that they had worked together before and after their wedding (Ghajinikanth and Kaappaan respectively), I wasn’t sure if they would agree to pair up again. But fortunately, both of them agreed to work on the script and allotted dates for the shoot within a week.”
While Yuvraj will be handling the camera, Imman will compose music for the film, SS Moorthy will helm art and Sivantheeswaran will edit. Sakthi Saravanan will choreograph stunt sequences. The film has been shot in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Baku.
Recently, two songs from the film were released – ‘En Iniya Thanimaye’ (rendered by Sid Sriram in the lyrics of Madhan Karky, has already 1 million views on YouTube) and ‘Nanbiye’, also in the lyrics of Madhan, has been rendered by Anirudh Ravichander.
Watch the teaser of Teddy here.