Vasantha Balan, the filmmaker who gave us some most memorable films like Veyyil, Angadi Theru and Aravaan is back with Kaviyathalaivan. Like his previous film Arvaan, this is also a period film set in 1930s. As stated by the director in recent interviews the film revolves around various Tamil Theatre groups that were ruling the roost during the pre independence era.
There were some reports suggesting that the film is based on the real life love between S.G.Kittappa and K.B.Sundarambal, two prominent theatre cum film personalities of that era. The director has refused this. H has stated that he is not interested in making Bio-pics and the story of Kaviyathalaivan is an attempt to throw light on the lives of various theatre artistes of the pre independence era. The Veyil director added that he read the autobiography of Avvai Shanmugam, who is considered as one of the pioneers of Tamil Theatre and that inspired him to make a film on Theatre groups.
The film's music is being composed by Isaipuyal A.R.Rahman. Rahman 's level of involvement towards the film was evident in his taking part in the first press meet of the film that happened in Chennai yesterday.
While the addressing the press, the double Oscar winner said that Vasanthabalan has worked very hard for this film and he has also given the same amount of hard work for composing the songs. The ace composer also stated that he had to quit a Hollywood project which he had started before accepting Kaviyathalavian. The film's soundtrack includes 20 songs out which 8 will be full songs and the remaining will be short songs used at drama sequences and other appropriate moments in the film. The composer admitted that he accepted the offer mainly because the script demanded more of Carnatic and folk music.
Kaviyathalaivan stars Sidharth and Vedhika in lead roles and Prithviraj plays a very important role. The supprting cast includes Nasser, Anaika and Thambi Ramiyah among others. Neerav Shah handles the camera and Jeyamohan has penned the dialogues.
The film is being produced by Y Not studios in a grand scale.