Known for his work as a cinematographer in films such as Bombay, Guru and Kadal, lensman Rajiv Menon made his directorial debut with the 1997 Arvind Swami starrer Minsara Kanavu and followed it up with Kandukondain Kandukondain in 2000. 18 years later, Menon has returned with his next venture Sarvam Thaala Mayam, staring composer-turned-actor GV Prakash.
With the shooting of the film wrapped up in Meghalaya in April this year, the makers plan to premiere the film at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival before releasing it in Indian theatres.
Sharing the news Prakash tweeted, #SarvamThalaMayam selected for 31st #tokyointernationalfilmfestival ... my guru @arrahman musical … @DirRajivMenon”.
On seeing this tweet, former Indian Cricket team captain Anil Kumble congratulated the team on Twitter. He wrote: “All the best! @DirRajivMenon @gvprakash”.
Interestingly Anil Kumble had earlier been roped in by Rajiv Menon for a documentary, but the project was put on the backburner after Kumble could not find time as he was busy with cricket.
According to sources from Sarvam Thaala Mayam’s camp, the film will star Prakash in the role of a drummer, for which the young actor is currently taking drumming lessons. Tipped to be a musical drama, the film has music by double Oscar winner AR Rahman, who is teaming up with Prakash, who is his nephew, for the first time. The makers have used live sync sound technology in the film.
The film has been canned across various locations in India, including Shillong, Jaipur and parts of Kashmir and Kerala. Aparna Balamurali, who made her debut with 8 Thottakal, will play the woman lead in the film. It also stars Nedumudi Venu, Vineeth and DD in pivotal roles.
Prakash has over half a dozen projects. He awaits the release of films such as Kadhalai Thedi Nithyananda, Adangathey, 4G, Kuppathu Raja, Jail and Ayngaran, apart from the Tamil remakes of the Telugu films 100 % Love and Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada in his kitty. On the music front, his next project will be the Suriya-Sudha Kongara project.
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