Yaen Indha Mayakkam

What it is about…

The audio of Rainbow Creations’ Yaen Indha Mayakkam was released recently by Prabhu Deva and received by directors K. Bhagyaraj and Tharun Gopi. The movie is produced by M. Antony Edward and directed by Shakthivasantha Prabhu. The lead is played by Rajeev Kumar with four heroines Rithya, Swarna, Tella and Vignesha. The cast includes ‘Periyakulam’ Gopi, Java, Jagan and Anbu. The cameraman is K. P. Vel, while the dialogues are by Rasal J. Raj. The choreography is by Vimal, while editing is by Peter Babiya. The stuntman and art director are Mahesh and Rahul N.K., respectively.

Music highlights

‘Yeno Endhan Nenjil’ sung by Sharanya Subramaniam and written by Karunakaran is set to a swing rhythm and has the shadow of Ilayaraja’s ‘Oho Megham Vandhadho’, with rap in between. ‘Mugiladhu’ sung by Siddharth Babu and Vandhana Srinivasan, has some great lyrics from Bharath Kumar, while the flute brings in a folksy note. ‘Oru Kaadhal Reengaaram’, written by Ekadasi and sung by Arun Prabhakar, is an elegant piece with the string instruments adding a touch of grandeur to the background score. The song reappears as a remix sung by Deepika Ramachandran. ‘O Maya’, based on raga Keeravani, uses Spanish guitars with techno accompaniment in Varun and Shan Jonhson's voices. ‘Zaeyoma’ is a peppy item number sung by Shan Johnson and Arun Prabhakar to Ekadasi’s lyrics and electric guitars. Another song by the same lyricist is ‘Raathri Neram’ in Chakravaaham, a blend of Arabic rhythms sung beautifully by Saranya Easwaran. ‘Enna Koothuda’ uses the guitar and percussion to create quite a foot-tapping number. Written by Thredha Rohini and sung by Arun Prabhakar and Kaavya Sundar, it can be called the rhythm of Chennai.

What they say…

Producer M. Antony Edward: I am a voracious reader of popular crime novelist Rajesh Kumar. And when I heard a crime story from the director, it got me interested. I decided I must make it into a film, and that is Yaen Indha Mayakkam. I would like to do more crime films in future!

Director Shakthivasantha Prabhu: I started my career as assistant cameraman to Thankar Bachan and moved on to become assistant director to Tharun Gopi, V. Prabhakar and Prabhu Deva. When I narrated the story to Antony Edward, he said this is what the younger generation wants. The film, using a crime story as its base, is about how parents must keep a watch on youngsters and their online activity.

Hero Rajeev Kumar: I did a diploma in film acting from Madras Christian College and acted in ad films and documentaries. For 10 years, I have been trying to bag a lead role. My friend and director of the film, Shakthivasantha Prabhu, narrated the story of Yaen Intha Mayakam and told me I must do the lead role. I am working hard to prove myself. I have done dance and action sequences. I have learned driving, swimming, horse riding and stunts.

Music director Siddharth Babu: I have been interested in music, particularly film music, from my teens. While studying, I was asked to do the music for the Tamil film Vaada Poda Nanbargal. After a year and a half, I am working on Yaen Indha Mayakkam. Since the film is a thriller, it was a different composing experience. The songs as well as the background score were a difficult task to pull through. Overall, it was a great learning experience!