It’s usually rare to find two lead characters playing cops in the same film. But with Appu Movies’ Katham Katham, director Babu Thooyavan attempts to do just that. While Nanda plays the good cop, Natraj aka Nutty is playing the bad one.
“This is my second film as a cop, after Vellore Mavattam,” says Nanda in a chat with CE.
“Sanam Shetty is my pair while Nutty is paired with Sharika.” Nanda reveals that since he’s done a cop role before, he didn’t require much preparation for the role. “We just went for a week’s practice to get into the character,” he says.
The story revolves around how the good and the bad influence each other when they are put together in situations. Who wins and what changes take place in their characters forms the story. Nanda says that though he had a great time shooting with the affable Nutty, he did have one fear.
“I was afraid that I might injure him during the climax fight. Usually, we fight baddies on screen, and they are stunt artistes or villains who are used to the drill. But since he’s the co-hero, I had to be extra careful not to hit him by mistake,” he said.
The film has a seductive duet between Nanda and Sanam Shetty, but Nanda adds, “I had more scenes with Nutty so our chemistry is better.”
For the serious-looking Nanda, who is usually reticent even off screen, this film has made him loosen up a bit.
“I had to dance to my first screen kutthupaatu choreographed by Sivasankar master,” he says. But surprisingly enough, Nanda wants to break the serious image he has. “I want to do a full-fledged rom-com! I’m hoping someone comes to me with a script like that soon,” he adds. Actor Ramya has crooned a number set to Taj Noor’s music.
The cameraman is U K Senthilkumar, who is shooting on a Panavision Digital camera, supposedly a first for a Tamil film.
Rajgopal, an ex-police officer in real life, debuts as villain. Director Babu Thooyavan, who is debuting as a director, is the son of ace film writer Thooyavan, and is producing it under his revived home banner Appu Movies, which has produced many a hit Tamil film over the years.
The good news for the team is that Sri Thenandal Films has already bought the theatrical rights and will be releasing it soon.