Thilakan back to Tamil films with Uyirin Edai 21 Gram-a venture by film institute students


Uyirin Edai 21 Gram

Thilakan, the veteran Malayalam actor from Mollywood, has starred in many Tamil films in the past. Due to a tiff with the Malayalam film producers’ association, Thilakan was serving a ban from acting in Malayalam films. Of late, he hasn’t been seen much in Tamil films either. Last seen in the Krishna-starrer Alibaba, Thilakan makes a strong comeback in Tamil films.

He plays a major role in an upcoming film Uyirin Edai 21 Gram (UEG), a film made by film institute students. After the super-hit Vijayakanth-starrer Oomai Vizhigal which released in the mid-eighties, UEG happens to be the first film in more than two-and-a-half decades which is made wholly by film institute students who have taken on the work relating to all departments in the film.

Produced on behalf of the production house A Dreamer World, the film has Aegan, a film institute student, playing the lead role. Aegan has also taken on the responsibilities of penning the story and screenplay besides taking care of sound designing and the all-important job of directing the film.

Raj Selva is the choreographer of the film which has sharp dialogues penned by Manian Pratheep. ‘Minnal’ Murugan has choreographed the stunt sequences of the film, which is all set for a grand release soon. Talking about the film, Aegan says “This is a film which is made entirely by students after a long, long time.

“We’re thankful to veteran Malayalam actor ‘Padmashri’ Thilakan for consenting to star in this film. The moment he heard the script, he didn’t even discuss his fee and simply assured that he was ready to give call-sheet for any number of days; we shall remain thankful to him forever for such a nice gesture. His gesture encouraged us to work with hope and renewed vigour,” concludes Aegan.