Some time back, we reported that ace director Bharathiraja has already started working on his next project titled ‘Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum’. It was also informed to the readers that actor-director Parthiban would be playing the male lead.
It now turns out that pretty Priyamani, who won the coveted national award for ‘best actress’ for her portrayal of a village belle’s role in Ameer’s ‘Paruthiveeran’, has been signed up by Bharathiraja to play the heroine in his ‘Annakodiyum…’ opposite Parthiban. This might also be the first time in Tamil that Priyamani is paired opposite a ‘senior’ hero.
Incidentally, Priyamani debuted in films in Bharathiraja’s ‘Kangalal Kaidhu Sei’, one of the few failures in the director’s illustrious career. Many years after introducing Priyamani in films, the director has now gone back to her and signed her up to play the lead role in his latest film. Despite the national award in her kitty, Priyamani’s Tamil film career never looked promising.
To shake off her deglamourized image in the minds of the public after the super-hit film ‘Paruthiveeran’, Priyamani took on some glamourous roles but couldn’t court success at regular intervals. It’s an irony of fate that despite a pretty face, a good-enough structure and a voice of her own (a rarity for a Tamil heroine), Priyamani is struggling to make a mark in Tamil films.
Parvathi of ‘Poo’ fame would be the other heroine in the film. A third heroine by name Minnal would also be introduced by the 70-year old director. G.V. Prakash Kumar has been signed up as the music director; he would be working for the first time in a film directed by Bharathiraja. Naa. Muthukumar would be penning all the lyrics in the film.