The title of ace filmmaker Priyadarshan’s next directorial venture in Tamil, where he collaborates with Udhayanidhi Stalin, is out now! The movie a remake of the M’town hit film Maheshinte Prathikaaram has been titled Nimir. Revealing this to DC, Priyan talks about the title, Udhay’s never-seen-before avatar, his yet another discovery Namita Pramod, among others.
“I am a great fan of veteran filmmaker Mahendran, who is doing a pivotal role in Nimir. I have watched all his films like Uthiri Pookal and back then I wanted to join him as an assistant, but unfortunately I could not. I am happy that I could get him on board to play the role of Udhay’s dad. He is a photographer in the movie who is also a dreamer (smiles). I asked him to suggest a title and he immediately said ‘Nimir’, which goes well with the theme of the film,” the national award winner says.
The Kanchivaram director states that he has improvised the script to suit the Tamil audience. “I have dedicated the film to Bharathiraja, a pioneer in exploring the beauty of Tamil Nadu. Even people like Mahendran are rooted to Tamil culture and have guided me. I have done cultural changes to the script.”
Heaping laurels on Udhayanidhi, he said, “Udhay has done a superb job. Everyone will be surprised by how well Udhay has transformed himself in this film. He is such a good student and has lot of patience.”
On heroine Namita Promod he says, “She joins the list of Jyothika and Trisha, whom I introduced. She is talented and also good looking.” Parvathy Nair is also part of the cast. Samuthirakani, who plays a character with negative shades, doubled up as a dialogue writer as well.
Ask him if Nimir will have the signature style of Priyan, pat comes the reply. “I have made the film with lot of laughable humour and an equal dosage of emotions (smiles). I can vouch that it is one of the most beautiful looking films in Tamil cinema, with Ekambaram helming the cinematography. We shot predominantly in Thenkasi, and a portion was also shot in Dubai. Music is by Adhilesh Loknath and Darbuka Shiva.”