Director Kalaprabhu on his new venture, Indrajith, his famous dad and a lot more
Five years ago, director Kalaprabhu’s debut film, Sakkarakatti, was a damp squib at the box office. Since then the son of producer Kalaipuli S Thanu has been working on several scripts. But it wasn’t until he saw his nephew playing Uncharted—a third person shooter platform video game—that he got the inspiration for his second project. An action adventure, Indrajith centres on a protagonist with the ability to be anywhere at any time.
Actor Gautham Karthik, who impressed fans in Mani Ratnam’s Kadal, was the director’s first choice for the role. “He is an energetic person, both on- and off-screen. He also has a face that suits any character—be it North Indian or South Indian—and can adapt to any kind of situation. When the movie comes out, the audience will realise why I chose him,” says Kalaprabhu, adding that the film’s name is inspired by Indrajith—a negative character from the Ramayana, who was invincible in the Yajna battle between Rama and Ravana.
Perhaps taking off from that mythical reference, the director has signed on Sonarika, the Hindi television actress who played Parvathi and Adi Shakti in the mythological series, Devon Ke Dev—Mahadev. This will be her Tamil debut.
The right moves
For his second outing at the cinemas, Kalaprabhu is making sure all his bases are covered. So he has roped in Shankar Ehsaan Loy to score the film’s music. “They are undoubtedly the top players in Bollywood. And though they are new in Tamil cinema, they are popular. Their songs will be different and will surely entertain the audience,” he says. The director has also made sure the locales are interesting, shooting in places like Lingamala near Mahabaleshwar, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Finding his way
An oft-asked question is why he doesn’t work with his father, the man behind big hits like Thuppaki, Kaakha Kaakha and Kandukondain Kandukondain. But Kalaprabhu is firm: “My father does not mix his professional and personal lives.” Besides, he’d like to make a name for himself. “There is a good writer in me and I prefer writing scripts for my movies. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t work with someone who comes to me with a nice script.”
After Indrajith, Kala-prabhu wants to make Mummunai, one of the many scripts he’s been working on over the last five years. “I have put the project on hold because it needs a huge budget. I call it my dream project,” he concludes.
— Nivedhitha Sathyanarayanan