Swathy Narayanan, a look-alike of Priya Mani, has done a few movies in Malayalam, and is now foraying into K’town with a female-centric movie titled Ilai.
The film talks about the significance of girl child education. Bineesh Raj, who has many ad films to his credit, debuts as the director. Talking to DC, Bineesh says,
“The story is set in 1991, in a village near Nagercoil, where girls are not allowed to study and are confined to the kitchen. But the heroine who dreams of being a strong woman like Indira Gandhi and Jayalaithaa, is keen to pursue her education. How she crosses all hurdles and achieves her goal forms the rest of the story.”
On choosing Swathy, he says, “I wanted an innocent looking and dusky actress without any precpnceived image. After auditioning a few new faces, I chose Swathy, a powerhouse performer who plays the titular role.” The film imparts an important message and has shaped up well, he adds.