Filmmaker Sarjun, who directed the controversial short film Lakshmi and more recently Maa, is finally going to do his second feature film and that too, with no less than Lady Superstar Nayanthara!
The film is to be produced by KJR Studios, which is headed by Kotapadi J Rajesh. The studio had earlier produced Nayantharaâ€™s Aramm, which had the actor playing the role of a collector.
Sarjun's film will be a horror flick - a genre that Nayanthara has dabbled in before with the 2015 offering Maya and the 2017 film Dora.
Nayanthara, a veteran of the south Indian film industry, is now increasingly doing films where she is the lead protagonist - a move that is groundbreaking for an industry that banks on its male stars and where the gender pay gap is starkly prevalent.
This will be KJR studiosâ€™ third film after Aramm and Gulebagavali. The production company, which is temporarily calling this project â€˜Production No 3â€™, has said that this would be an â€˜out and out horror.â€™
The partnership is looked upon with interest as director Sarjun has so far worked only on human interest dramas.
Director Sarjun is known for pushing boundaries and addressing topics in his films that remain social taboos to this day. His first short film Lakshmi told the tale of a woman in an abusive marriage who goes on to have an extramarital affair. While the film received critical acclaim, the director received a hailstorm of abuses for showing a woman having an extramarital relationship. This, when men in Tamil cinema have, for ages, had comedy tracks about their "chinna veedu".
Maa, Sarjunâ€™s second short film, released in January this year and once again dealt with a topic that is generally brushed under the carpet. His take on teenage pregnancy and parenting was well-received.
While the first look poster of the film is out, the rest of the cast and crew will be announced soon.