Karthi is one of the hottest stars of this year with three consecutive hit films. This year he had the first super hit 'Paiyaa' publicising his ability. 'Naan Mahaan Alla' is his fourth film. The title has reused taken an old Rajinikanth film released in 1984. That had Rajini and Radha and this new film has Karthi and Kajal Agarwal. The similarities end there. The story of Karthi's 'Naan Mahaan Alla' has no resemblance to the super star film. While that was a story of lawyer who becomes the nemesis of the villains, the new film is all about a wishful romantic.
'Naan Mahaan Alla' directed by Suseendran of 'Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu' fame. This is a different film for the director as his first film was set in a village backdrop and 'Naan Mahaan Alla' is a city-centric flick. This film is produced by K.E Gnanavel Rajan of Studio Green Films in collaboration with S.R. Prakash Babu and S.R. Prabhu. Studio Green is the banner which gave riveting films like 'Sillunu Oru Kadhal' and 'Paruthi Veeran'.
The heart of the film is about the bonding of a serious father and a romantic son, laced with the criminal backdrops of Chennai. Karthi plays the role of Jeeva, a typical middle-class Chennai youngster with a devil-may-care attitude, who is drawn into the world of crime and criminals after a particular incident changes his life. Jayaprakash after his superb performances in 'Pasanga' and 'Naadodigal', plays the role of Karthi's father.
The hottie in Telugu after the blockbuster 'Magadheera', Kajal Agarwal is the heroine of the film. In Tamil, she was last seen in Saran's 'Modhi Vilayadu'. Her character in 'Naan Mahaan Alla' is cute and bubbly, something on the lines of what Asin played in 'Ghajini', says the director.
This film will be an extension of Karthi's image in 'Paiyaa'. According to the director Suseendran Karthi's role in this film is almost the same as senior Karthik's role in Mani Ratnam's 'Mouna Raagam'. This film will showcase another romantic side of Karthi ala Paiyaa, sources say.
A combination that made 'Paiyaa' a success, music director Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematographer Mathi are back together in this film. Songwriters are Na. Muthukumar, Yugabharathy and Francis while Bhaskar Sakthi has penned dialogues. Rajeevan is in charge of the art department.
Director Suseendran assures that 'Naan Mahaan Alla' contains 100% entertainment factors with the right mix of comedy, romance, action and sentiments. Karthi had said," When director Suseendran was narrating the first half of the story I was laughing. I asked him whether I would be suitable for the role of an ordinary middle income youth. He said I will fit the role. For the first time I rehearsed for this film. I rehearsed for one week."
Now that the film is taken over by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies, it will leave no stone unturned to reach the masses in every nook and corner.
'Naan Mahaan Alla' will be stylish as well as realistic. The film which started in September 2009 has been scheduled for release in August 2010.