More than three decades after he debuted in Kollywood as director and went on to become one of the most celebrated screenplay writers and directors in the film industry, director-actor K. Bhagyaraj is all set to make his debut as an actor in Malayalam.
The man, who has given memorable hits in the eighties and nineties in ‘Andha Ezhu Naatkal’, ‘Enga Chinna Raasa’, ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’ and ‘Aararo Aaariraro’ to name a few, had confined himself to mostly Tamil films besides making a brief foray in Hindi films by directing the Hindi versions of ‘Veetla Vizhezhanga’ and his mentor’s ‘Oru Kaidhiyin Dairi’.
Though his films have always been quite popular in God’s Own Country, for specific reasons, the bespectacled Bhagyaraj never made any effort to get into Mollywood. Leading Malayalam film director Balachandra Menon was often referred to as the ‘Bhagyaraj’ of Mollywood.
Bhagyaraj, in his late fifties now, has relegated himself to only acting in Tamil films, with ‘Sidhu Plus Two’ being an exception which he directed to prop up his son Shantanu’s career. Though he has refused several offers in the past to star in Malayalam films, he has now committed himself to play Malayalam popular hero Dileep’s father-in-law in the upcoming film titled ‘Mr Marumagan’.
Yesteryear heroine actress Roja, would play Bhagyaraj’s female lead in the film to be directed by Sandhya Mohan.
Sources also disclose that the the team of Mr Marumagan will be looking to capitalise on Bhagyaraj’s sense of humour, which is primarily what shot him to fame.