Pugazhendhi's film has a strong message
Former judge Pugazhendhi ,who is also a writer, has penned 22 novels and poems, which have been compiled, is now making his entry into tinsel town as a director and lyric writer. Titled Vedhamanavan, the film is based on one of his landmark judgments, which was later written as a book. Urvashi Joshi, a model from Madhya Pradesh debuts as the heroine alongside Manojjayanth who plays the male lead.
Talking about his debut attempt in wielding the megaphone Pugazhendhi tells DC, “My passion for cinema started as early as when I was in the panel for selection of Tamil movies for tax exemption. I had watched several movies including Rajini’s Kaali and Kamal’s Raja Paarvai. Slowly, I began writing poems, which landed me penning lyrics for some of composer Soundarya’s movies.”
And it was former Supreme Court judge Justice Mohan who encouraged him to get into films, he adds. “That’s why, I chose a story based on one of my own judgments, which made my job of writing the screenplay easy. A convict on death row was released on humanitarian grounds after I pronounced my judgment. This is the basic plot and society is unwilling to accept him is the crux. It has a relevant social message.” Sondaryan composes the music. Recently, the audio of Vedhamanavan was launched at a star-studded event.