As many as 90% of the films produced in Kollywood have either Madurai or Tuticorin as the backdrop of their scripts. Few films which dare to move out of the backdrop of either of the above-mentioned cities tend to portray the dark side of Chennai by showing in vivid detail as to what happens in the notorious North Chennai and among the fishermen folk who live in large numbers along the Marina Beach.
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However, a film is being made sans the backdrop of Madurai, Tuticorin or North Chennai but in the backdrop of people residing at Chennai’s suburban localities. The film, titled Attakathi, is about the lives of these people who more often than not happen to be immigrants from other cities and parts of the State who flock to the metropolis to eke out a living for themselves.
The film is directed by debutant director Ranjith, who had worked as assistant director under Venkat Prabhu in some films. Produced by C.V. Kumar on behalf of his Tirukumarn Entertainment, the film’s one-line theme is about what might happen if the Attakathi (fake knife made of paper or plastic) imagines itself as a real one (actual knife).
Six guys were finalized for the hero’s role in the film among whom newcomer Dinesh finally god the nod. Newcomer Swetha, who hails from Karnataka, would be debuting as heroine opposite Dinesh in the film. Though she is a Kannadiga by birth, Swetha is reportedly very fluent in spoken Tamil and it’s what counted in the final analysis. Aishwarya, who became popular through the reality dance show Maanada Mayilada on a popular television channel, would be playing a significant role in the film.
Santosh Narayanan would be scoring the music of the film which has been shot widely and extensively in and around suburban Chennai comprising Pazhanthandalam, Kolappakkam, Manappakkam, Tiruneermalai and Kundrathur.