Rathamum Sadhaiyum (Blood and Flesh), the upcoming Tamil film led by actor Vikram Prabhu, will be an “intense” gangster drama, according to director Harendhar Balachandar.
The film’s first look was released recently by the makers via social media. Produced jointly by Karrthik Adwait, PS Reddy, and Anu Chowdhary, Rathamum Sadhaiyum marks the directorial debut of Harendhar.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, the debutant says, “While I have not worked with any of the cast and crew before, the producer of this film, Karrthik Adwait, has collaborated with Vikram Prabhu on the (yet-to-be-released) film Paayum Oli Nee Yenakku. I knew Karrthik earlier, and through him, I pitched Rathamum Sadhaiyum to Vikram Prabhu.”
Harendhar has also penned the film’s script, screenplay, and dialogues. “I researched the subject for about a year, back in 2020, before writing the script. I can’t reveal much about it as it will give away the story. But, as the poster denotes, the film is based on real events. Rathamum Sadhaiyum was conceptualised by drawing from multiple incidents that happened in different places. I’ve pieced them all into a single story,” he says.
The film’s poster features a dog, a horse, and a pigeon alongside Vikram Prabhu. Asked about this, the director says every animal in the poster has a characteristic feature about them, which has a relevance to the script. “All three animals featured are ones that I raise back home. As I grew up around them, I find them interesting as well inspiring,” he adds.
When questioned about the significance of the title, Harendhar notes that it is a phrase that bears an emotional connotation, especially in rural areas, and that it offers a perspective through which to view the film.
The pre-production for Rathamum Sadhaiyum has been completed and the film is set to go on floors by the end of June. The director reveals that it will be shot across Trichy, Thanjavur, and Chennai.
While the makers are yet to finalise the cast and crew, they are looking to rope in actors with a theatre background. “I have a few friends with a theatre background and I would like to work with them on this film. The casting process is currently on,” says the director.
The team is looking to wrap up the film by the end of the year.