With the intension of reviving Tamil theatre, Sri Thenandal Films, a prolific producer and distributor in Kollywood, has branched out and is trying its hand at stage production.
It recently staged a debut with the sci-fi Tamil play Chillu (meaning ‘computer chip’ in Tamil). Dheepa Ramanujam, who has worked with theatre group Shraddha, is directing Chillu. Dheepa is a known face through her television series, and forayed into acting with K. Balachander’s Premi. She has also directed nine stage dramas prior to Chillu and is acting in upcoming movies like Idhu Namma Aalu and Rajini Murugan. Noted writer Era Murugan has written the script for the play. Several film personalities were present to support the effort of Murali Ramanarayanan of Thenandal Films.
Speaking at the event, ace Kamal Haasan who once had a short stint on stage before making his silver screen debut, said, “Today Tamil drama is going in a different dimension. I am happy that you are making your effort to give it a fillip. Any new attempts will be critically looked upon. Irrespective of success or failure, you keep going and continue your good effort.”
Recalling his stage days, the Vishwaroopam star said, “Today whatever the name, fame, and money I am earning is all the fruition of my experiences which I gained through my initial stage days with TKS Nadaga Sabha.”
Peeved at the way current day actors do not give importance to rehearsals, something which is an integral part of the stage, Kamal said, “It is sad to note that in cinema, which is watched by several crores of people, and where actors earn crores of rupees, they do not bother to do any rehearsals. They think it is inferior to do it. I don’t know why! I respect those who give time and do rehearsals.”