Director Vishnuvardhan is clearly excited. And the reason is not far to see. He is waiting for his next film 'Sarvam' to release. His eager anticipation and childlike enthusiasm seem quite obvious. No wonder then that he has advanced the date of release from April to end March. "I am nervous and excited. The film is ready and I am just waiting eagerly for the audience reaction to it," says Vishnu.
He is all praise for his lead pair Arya and Trisha. "Their chemistry is so fresh and amazing on screen. Arya is looking really handsome and toned and they make a wonderful pair. Trisha’s innocent smile is what caught my attention when casting her. She will be seen in a completely new light in the film," he avers.
The film has a total of five characters and also stars JD Chakravarthy and Indrajith, brother of Prithviraj. How did he manage this casting coup? "I felt JD was just right for the role and when I phoned him he was very excited. I went across to Hyderabad to meet him and explain it greater detail. He was wonderstruck and asked me,'Do you really want to do this film?' and he agreed immediately because the entire story and his role impressed him a lot." Vishnu says that he had another reason for casting JD. "He has a spaced out look about him and this is needed for his character in the film. Plus, since he is not seen much on screen the audience cannot guage what type of image he brings to the character. This works in my favour since the audience is left guessing and this increases the excitement." Indrajith suited the role as his techie looks matched with his macho build and face. Nirav Shah is also a part of this film and has lent a different vision this time to the camerawork. "Sarvam is visually more exciting than Billa,” avers Vishnu. “Though my team is the same since I am comfortable working with them and getting the best out of them, our vision for Sarvam is different. It’s more colourful in the first half. But in the second half shot in Munnar, it gets rainy, misty and completely green and dark, adding to the beauty and also the fear factor," says Vishnu.
Some of the scenes have been shot in exotic locales like the Great Rann of Kutch with its completely white span of land for miles around and the Little Rann of Kutch with its parched, cracked, dry landscape. "The contrast is astounding. No one has ever shot here before and it was Nirav who showed the place to me. Even with a tight 800 mm zoom we could see nothing on the horizon except a vast stretch of land. At one time the sun itself was at our waist level, such was the horizon," says Vishnu. Yuvan's music is going to be another highlight of the film along with a song sung by Illayaraja as well. The excitement is mounting in the 'Sarvam' camp and looks like the audience has something to look forward to before the summer starts.