Vasanthabalan is among a few directors in Kollywood who make their scripts first and then start hunting for the suitable actors and actresses to star in the script. Balan belongs to the likes of Bharathiraaja, Selvaraghavan and Bala who believe in their scripts rather than in the actors. In the past, Balan’s Veyil and Angaadi Theru were not only critically acclaimed but also turned out to be successful ventures at the box-office.
Balan is now back with his Aravaan produced at a huge budget of Rs.19 crore. The film, whose script has been set in the backdrop of 18th century, is reportedly about an illustrious history of the city of Madurai where the practice of controlling crime was the sole responsibility of a particular tribe. Aadhi, Dhansika, Pasupathy and Archana Kavi play the lead roles in the film which also has Bharath and Anjali, stars of Balan’s earlier films, in guest roles. Hottie Shweta Menon is also in a ‘special appearance’.
The script is based on the novel Kaval Kottam authored by Su. Venkatesan. The fact that the novel had already won last year’s Sahitya Academy award has only added to the expectations prevailing among movie-goers about the film. Venkatesan has also taken wholesome participation in setting up the screenplay and penning the dialogues of the film.
Karthick, the popular playback singer, debuts as music director with this film. The Censors not only appreciated the film’s making but also passed it with an ‘U’ certificate with no cuts al all. T. Siva, the producer of the films, oozes confidences as he says that as the film has already got the requisite publicity, it would be released on 24th February with no extravagance.