Urumeen, perhaps, is the most important film in Sakthivel Perumalsamy’s career. Growing up with dreams of directing films, Sakthivel terms Urumeen the best debut he could hope to have. “That’s mainly because of the team behind it. We share a great rapport,” he says.
Touted to be an action-thriller, the film centres on the country’s economy.
As excited, Sakthivel tells us, “The storyline of the film is quite interesting. The female lead is strong because she connects the missing dots between the first and the second half of the film. We have shown how the country was before the corporate firms came and how the country is now.”
To be released in May, the film has Jigarthanda fame Bobby Simha, Madras fame Kalaiarasan, besides Reshmi Menon, Appukutty, Kaali Venkat and Manobala in pivotal roles. “The film is largely based on a real-life incident that took place in 1990,” adds Sakthivel. So, what made him cast Bobby Simha as a hero in his film? Sakthivel says he is impressed by Simha’s nonchalance.
“I know him for almost three years and I have watched his short films. I like his acting. He does whatever that comes to him with ease. In fact, I am thinking that I can cast Simha in my next film as well.”
Produced under the banner of Axis Film Factory productions, the film, which is in the stage of post production, has been shot in Chennai, Thekkady, Idukki, Ernakulam, Puducherry, Bengaluru and Pune. Achu has composed the music and the cinematography is by Ravindranath Guru.
Having worked initially as an assistant director, for Sakthivel, it has been a long wait. “I did my Visual Communication and I have strong background in professional lighting and advertising. But I have always had a passion for films and direction. S S Rajamouli has inspired me a lot,” he adds.
Talking about his future projects, Sakthivel says, he would rather wait for the response of this movie and go on with the next. “I am a practical person and I don’t have big dreams. When I get a good producer for my films, everything will eventually fall in place,” he says. If he had to pick out one actor who has been his biggest inspiration, who would that be? “Ajith. I want to work with him. But, hey... isn’t that too much to ask for,” he signs off.