The film is written and directed by debutant Thu Pa Saravanan and is produced by the actor himself under his home banner Vishal Film Factory. “We did not want to rush and release the film while the Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. But, as soon as they deemed it safe and lifted the night curfew and Sunday lockdowns in Tamil Nadu, we made sure to lock our release date,” Saravanan tells Silverscreen India.
Calling the film an “emotional action thriller,” the filmmaker says Vishal portrays an aspiring police officer in it. “The film centers around an incident that affects the protagonist, who is a simpleton. It is about his journey. Vishal plays a person awaiting his results after writing the exam to be a police official.”
On the conception of Veerame Vaagai Soodhum, Saravanan says, “I had made a short film in 2020, titled Edhu Thevaiyo Adhuvey Dharmam. After seeing it, Vishal sir offered me the chance to work with him and asked me to pitch ideas. Until then, my plan was to make independent cinema and I had an idea for that, but once Vishal sir stepped in, I wrote this story specifically for him. I took some time and wrote the script of Veerame Vaagai Soodhum in a month and narrated it to him. Last January, we made the project official.”
“Most of the characters are written in such a way that they contribute to the main storyline. For example, Yogi Babu is not a mere comedian, but plays more of a supporting role with emotional scenes. Dimple Hayathi’s character will travel along with Vishal. Malayalam actor Babu Raj plays the antagonist,” the director adds.
Veerame Vaagai Soodhum went on floors after Pongal 2021 and was wrapped up about three months ago, says Saravanan. It was shot in Hyderabad, Chennai, and other parts of Tamil Nadu by cinematographer Kavin Raj and edited by NB Srikanth. Music director Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed two songs for the film, but Saravanan notes that the background score is more pivotal.
The director also adds that the film will see a simultaneous release in Telugu as Saamanyudu and will be dubbed in Kannada as well.
Saravanan says he is currently working on multiple scripts. Calling himself a fan of Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, he adds, “I would like to do world-class films, but rooted ones with local flavour, like Super Deluxe. Most of the ideas I am currently working on are pan-Indian scripts.”