The teaser for the Nayanthara starrer Airaa released on Saturday. Directed by Sarjun KM who shot to fame with his short films Lakshmi and Maa, Airaa also stars Kalaiyarasan. The film is a horror flick and the teaser shows Nayanthara in two looks - one as a young girl in a village, shown in black and white, and the other as a grown, sophisticated woman in colour. However, there is another young girl's face we also see in the black and white portions.
The teaser begins with a voice-over lamenting the fact that yet another time a girl child has been born. It appears that Nayanthara's character in the film is called Bhavani. A butterfly features prominently in the teaser, but it isn't clear as yet what it symbolises. The line 'My fate has been rewritten by six strangers' and the violence accompanying the visuals suggest that it could be a rape-revenge drama in the horror genre.
Sarjun's short films also had women at the centre of the narrative, with Lakshmi leading to widespread controversy for showing a woman having an extramarital affair. Produced by KJR Studios which also produced Gopi Nainar's Aramm, Airaa is expected to release early this year. Sarjun made his feature film debut with Echcharikkai, which had Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead role. However, the film didn't quite hold up at the box-office.
Nayanthara has increasingly been playing the solo lead in films, delivering hits like Kolamaavu Kokila last year. At the same time, she continues to be part of big budget films centered around the hero. Her next release is the Siva directorial with Ajith, Viswasam, which will release for Pongal. She also has several Telugu films in hand and is playing the lead opposite Nivin Pauly in the Malayalam film Love Action Drama.
Airaa has music by KS Sundaramurthy. Popular comedian Yogi Babu, who played a pivotal role in Kolamaavu Kokila, is also part of the cast.