Udhayanidhi Stalin’s political and action drama Maamannan, directed by Mari Selvaraj and produced by the actor himself under Red Giant Movies was a sensational blockbuster. Asian Multiplexes Pvt Ltd and Suresh Productions are bringing the movie to the Telugu audience. The movie Nayakudu hit the theaters today.
Meanwhile, Udhayanidhi Stalin interacted with the media, ahead of the film’s release and speaks about the delay of the film’s release in Telugu, his inspiration to do this film, and more.
Beginning with, the Kalaga Thalaivan reveals that making the film in multi-languages was not the initial plans of the makers. “We wanted to do a Tamil movie. My previous movies didn’t work. So, we wanted to release the movie only in Tamil. The movie performed well in Tamil and received unanimous positive talk. When we were approached for the Telugu rights, we thought this movie will do well in Telugu as well.”
Maamannan in Tamil became a critical acclaim and has won hearts of not only the audience, but also critics. The film highlights about the social justice in society and equality among people. It is more of a political drama. The story has universal appeal, and so, he believes that the Telugu audience will also feel connected to the film. think it will connect well to the Telugu audience as well.
“Nowadays, due to social media, all movie buffs are well aware of content from all languages. They are eager to watch movies in other languages if they get a positive talk in one language. We got many offers from Telugu that they want to dub the film. We feel happy and safe releasing the movie through Asian and Suresh Productions, who are the leading producers and distributors in Telugu,” enthuses the Maamannan actor, who got intrigued by the storyline, which made him get onboard for the project.
“My previous films were all commercial entertainers with comedy and drama elements. I did a movie called Manithan seven years ago, which was a remake of Jolly LLB, and it was a big hit. I wanted to do a comedy film again. But Mari Selvaraj spellbound me with this story. It was really challenging to do the movie because there was lots of scope to perform. I also liked the social message in the movie. Mari Selvaraj’s previous movies also discussed social injustice, which was one of the main reasons for me to do the movie.”
Initially, Stalin was supposed to do a movie for Kamal Haasan’s production banner, and had no plans to quit the industry. However, “After the release of Karman, I called Mari Selvaraj and I told him that I wanted to work with him. He said no, saying he has too many commitments. When I decided to quit movies, I wanted to do my last movie with Mari with a strong story.”
If you remember, the Manithan actor had performed a cameo in Suriya’s Aadhavan. It was then that he’d got a chance to interact, spend time with, and work with actor Vadivelu.
Going further, recalling his experience working with the legendary actor, he said, “When Mari Selvaraj narrated Mamannan’s story, I told him that the father character is the most important one in the movie. The next day I called and asked him, who do you think is the right choice for the character? He said, Vadivelu. I was really shocked to hear that. And I was in doubt whether Vadivelu would do it because he was in a completely different genre. He was in a line of comedy films. I called Vadivelu sir and I requested him to do the movie, which is my last film. I’m also happy to work with actors like Fahadh Faasil and Keerthy Suresh.”