Self-styled actors are aplenty in Kollywood. The latest one in the list is advocate-turned-actor Durai Sudhakar, who has added the moniker ‘Public Star’ to his name. He is making his entry in films with the movie Thappattam. But producer Adham Bava begs to differ. “The sobriquet ‘Public Star’ was given by me after I came to know of his philanthropic work. Durai is well-known for his good deeds.”
While Mujibur Rahman is directing the movie, which talks about the life of a thappattam artiste, Dona Rozaria debuts as the heroine.
At a time when many producers are apprehensive to release their movies alongside Ajith’s Vivegam (scheduled for August 24), it comes as a surprise that Thappattam is hitting the marquee on the same day. “We had announced the release date of our film much earlier. Even though it is made on a small budget, the film will be releasing over 100 screens owing to its good content. I am happy that my film will grab the attention when released alongside Vivegam,” explains Adham Bava.
He goes on to say, “I had revealed that the entire proceeds of the movie would be given to the struggling farmers of Tamil Nadu. After hearing this news, lawyer and farmer P. Ayyakannu, who is leading the Tamil Nadu farmers’ protest in New Delhi, called me and said that ‘irrespective of whether it’s a Superstar film or a ‘Public Star’ film, the intensions are good’ and appreciated the thought,” Bava reasons out. Durai has ten films in his kitty including Kaali Aattam and Chola Poori.