Aarav will next be seen in Raja Bheema, which will showcase the relationship between an elephant and its trainer. However, the movie will not be on the lines of Kumki, a Prabhu Solomon tale built along similar lines, says debut director Naresh Sampath.
The first-look poster of the movie was released earlier this week. In it, Aarav can be seen casually leaning against an elephant in a forest-like setting. In another, an image of a bruised Aarav is superimposed onto that of an elephant.
The poster has received mostly positive response on social media, and the young director is happy about it.
Naresh says that his film deals with animal trafficking, a menace that can wipe out many endangered species. “Some wild animals are not meant to be raised in a foreign environment. When they are forced to live that way, they begin to die. Eventually, the species is wiped out. I wanted to highlight this through our film.”
Wildlife conservation is the need of the hour, Naresh says. “We all need to do our bit to save them from death and destruction. If we don’t chip in, who will?”
The director says he consciously chose to shoot the film in urban areas instead of the usual wildlife settings, to make a certain point. “That will be known to all when the movie releases. I mainly shot in Pollachi and Coimbatore,” he explains.
A schedule of the film is already complete. The team shot some important sequences in Palakkad. “About 20 percent of the shoot is done. We will finish another schedule soon,” a spokesperson for the production house, Surabi Films, tells Silverscreen.
SR Sathish Kumar is the cinematographer of this film, which has music by Simon King. If all goes well, the team might look at an early 2019 release date, adds the spokesperson.