Actress Thananya, who took a break to complete her medical course after her debut in 'Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum', has staged a comeback. She stars in 'Veyilodu Vilayadu' directed by N.V. Ramkumar.
Volleyball is the pivot of 'Veyilodu Vilayadu'. Films centered on the games of Kabaddi, cricket and football have already been made with a degree of success.
Vollyball champion Magesh (who acted in 'Angadi Theru') plays the lead role. Amal dons the role of another hero.
Others in the cast are Ilavarasu, Ganja Karuppu, Jayaprakash, Manobala, Aswinraja, Swaminathan, 'Paruthiveeran' Sujatha and Karate Raja. Vimal and Sanjana Singh come as cameo.
Karthik Raja is the music director.
Ramkumar said when the story was narrated to music maestro Ilayaraaja, he was so impressed with it that he came forward to write a song and sing it himself. Yuvan Shankar Raja, Venkat Prabhu and Premgi joined Ilayaraja in the singing.
The story is that a person gets interested in volleyball at a young age and his love for the game takes him to the pinnacle of glory. The film will be a trendsetter for Tamil cinema, the director said.
It is produced jointly by J. Balaguru, S.J. Kumaresan V. Palanivel.
The shooting started Nattarasankottai where a temple festival was shot. Vollyball tournaments were filmed for 20 days at Coimbatore.
Thananya debuted in KPKP directed by Rajmohan when she was in her third year of medicine. She played the character of Tulasi, which was crucial to the storyline. Producer S.P. Charan said the role would remain etched in the minds of the audience. Her parents, who are also doctors, were not convinced but she decided to go ahead and do the film taking a month's leave.
When she was a house surgeon, Ramkumar approached her to play the lead in 'Veyilodu Vilayadu' telling her that the characterization would be totally different from the one she portrayed in KPKP. "It seemed interesting. So, I took it up and in the meanwhile, I finished my medical studies too," she told the media.