It would be tough for you to come to terms with this news, as it was for us, but it’s something you need to be acquainted with. Before we go about, let’s reiterate what’s special about the comedy flick Laddukulla Boondi Boondi, directed by Jeans (co-directed with Benny). It’s apparently the first ever movie made in the history of Indian cinema, no, world cinema, where men wouldn’t be men and women wouldn’t be women. Sounds strange? Then take it with a pinch of salt, for the movie comprises 110 characters — with men donning female characters and women playing male roles.
Speaking to City Express, Jeans says, “I chanced upon the idea for the movie when I was having tea in a shop with my friend. We spotted a couple, and I asked myself – What would happen if the genders were interchanged? That’s about it. The movie plot wasn’t premeditated.” However, Jeans tells us that the movie has got nothing to do with exploring different colours of sexuality. “It isn’t a gay or bisexual-oriented flick. I just wanted to come up with a different concept. The movie is of a comedy genre and shouldn’t be confused with anything else,” clarifies Jeans.
The movie is unusual, no doubt, but the title sounds more strange. Does Laddukulla Boondi Boondi have a connection with the script? “Well, of course it does,” says Jeans, “I have compared Laddu with the globe and boondi with the people – men and women. And, when you watch the graphics of the title, you will get to know its link with the movie.”
Jeans plays the female lead and Kiranmayi plays the hero. The flick also stars Thalaivasal Vijay, Mahanadhi Shankar, Aarthi and Madhumitha. Actor Devadarshini dons the role of a villain (not villainess!).
Jeans says that it was fun working on the film along with Benny. “During the shooting, female artistes got ready in a few minutes, and the male artistes took an hour or so. By the time we finished our 32-day shoot, I actually started feeling like a woman,” says Jeans. “And yes, the women had the best experience of their life time during the shoot. They wore lungi. The men, even though they play female characters have moustache,” he adds.
Laddukulla Boondi Boondi is produced by Kelvin Cinemas and has Selva J K as the music director.