Report: Janani K
The press meet of Unakkenna Venum Sollu was unbelievably short, much to our wonder. Usually, press meetings held at Residency Towers take at least an hour and half to end, and this one did begin fashionably late.
What was more surprising though, was the team of Unakenna Venum Sollu themselves. They were quite young, including director Srinath Ramalingam – who was all of 23 years. The Singaporean deftly (and admirably) tackled questions, even ones that went ‘Your story bears a close resemblance to Kanchana, is it a copy?’
The movie was previously titled Daisy – and director Srinath, in typical Singaporean Tamil, clarified the name-change. “We sought permission from Gautham Menon, AM Ratnam and Ajith to use Unakenna Venum Sollu as the title. I am thankful to them for letting consenting as it gave the movie good recognition.”
For a man in his early twenties, Srinath seems to have drafted a story rich on family content. Societal trends and prejudices are very much a part of the movie.
While the trailer and the teaser looked promising with interesting cinematography by Manish Murthy, the music scored by Sivasaravanan echoed distinctly of Kaththi and Kanchana‘s background music. When questioned about it, the composer clarified that the instruments used are similar, “but when you listen to the complete music, I am sure you might not feel the same,” he said.
Actor Deepak Paramesh, who plays the lead role in the movie, was selected through his show reel that was uploaded on YouTube. Deepak Paramesh – who has also acted in Dharanidharan’s Burma – has his hopes pinned Unakkenna Venum Sollu.
Distributor Mahesh of Auraa Movies, after listening to the script of Unakkenna Venum Sollu, wanted to make this their first Tamil project over Masala Padam starring Mirchi Siva and Bobby Simha.
Also, director Srinath Ramalingam and team were firm on their decision of not resorting to blood and gore. “When you watch this movie, Unakkenna Venum Sollu will appeal to you as a feel-good movie rather than a horror film,” said Srinath.
The movie, apart from featuring Mime Gopi as an exorcist, also holds some spine-chilling moments, hypnotherapy sessions and serious lessons on ‘family, commitment and promise’, we were told.
Unakenna Venum Sollu is scheduled to release sometime in August.