What it is about…

Cuckoo, written and directed by Raju Murugan, deals with the romance between two visually challenged persons and the problems they face in life. Produced by Fox Star Studios and The Next Big Film Productions, the film features Dinesh and Malavika Nair in the lead. The music is scored by Santosh Narayanan and the lyrics are by Yugabharathi. The audio of the film was released by actor-director Kamal Haasan and received by actor Suriya.

What they say…

Director Raju Murugan: I started out as a journalist. Then I joined as an assistant under director N. Lingusamy and worked with him on films such as Bheema and Paiya. When I narrated the Cuckoo script to Fox Star Studios, they showed keen interest and gave me creative freedom to make my dream a reality.

Hero Dinesh: I played character roles in films such as Aadukalam and Mounaguru. My first break as hero came through Attakathi and since then I have been called “Attakathi” Dinesh. But I am sure all that will change post-Cuckoo’s release. In Cuckoo, I play Tamizh, a visually challenged person. I had to attend many workshops to get into the skin of the character. Cuckoo is going to be an important film in my career.

Music director Santosh Narayanan: I began my career with Attakathi. Since then I have scored the music for Pizza and Soodhu Kavvum. Cuckoo is a breezy film, a totally different experience for me. I enjoyed working with Raju Murugan who came up with this superb script. My favourite songs in the album are ‘Aagasathe’ and ‘Manasila Soora Kathey’. I travelled to Australia, worked with some of the world’s top musicians for the music of the movie.

Music highlights: Among the new generation of music directors, Santosh Narayanan occupies a special place as he seems to know the pulse of the audience.

There are six numbers. ‘Manasula Soora Kaathey’ sung by RR and Divya Ramani is the best. ‘Potta Pulla’ sung by RR is an interesting track, while ‘Agasatha’ sung by Kalyani Nair and Pradeep Kumar will make the listeners reach for the rewind button. ‘Kalyanamam Kalyanam’ sung by Antony Dasan with backing vocals by Hema is beautiful, while ‘Kodayila’ sung by Vaikom Vijayalakshmi (a visually challenged singer), Kalyani Nair and Pradeep Kumar is touching. ‘Enda Mapla,’ sung by Gana Bala, Sathish and Dhee, has inspiring lines aimed at youngsters.