Bala’s Tharai Thappattai began on Monday, with a small pooja at a star hotel in Chennai. The movie’s lead couple filmmaker-turned-actor Sasikumar and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar were present along with actor Atharvaa, directors Mysskin and Sarkunam, on the occasion. The film has Varalaxmi Sarathkumar playing a karagattam dancer while Sasikumar plays a nadhaswaram exponent. Both are said to have undergone extensive training for their respective roles. Varalaxmi is said to have even shed a few pounds, to essay the female lead. The film has music by Ilaiyaraaja and also stars Pragathi of Airtel Supersinger fame.