What it is about…

New Empire Celluloids’ Ravana Desam is produced by Lakshmi Kanth and written, directed and acted in by Ajay Nuthakki. The others in the cast are Jennifer (heroine), Allu Ramesh, Santhosh, Koutalya, Bharathi Rao, Serisha and Prabhakar. The camera has been handled by V.K. Ramraj, R. Sivan has scored the music, Karthika Srinivas has edited the film and P.S. Varman has taken care of art direction. The audio was released by K.R., president, Tamil Film Producers’ Council, and received by Kalairajan, MLA.

Music highlights

There are five numbers in the album with the last one being theme music. The album opens with the beautiful ‘Mahaprabhanjam,’ written by Shanmugavel and sung by Malavika. The same lyricist has given another good number ‘Manam Pola Vazhkai Sellum,’ sung by Hemachandran, Sahithi and the music director. ‘Odidu Odidu Odidu’ by the same lyricist is sung well by Suresh Githan. ‘Petredutha Pillai Mugam,’ written by Suresh Githan and sung by the music director, appeals.

What they say…

Producer Lakshmi Kanth: I started my career as a manager of a top production house in Telugu. It has been my dream to produce a movie with a good message. When director Ajay Nuthakki came to me with this powerful storyline, I felt it was time for me to enter the industry.

Hero and director Ajay Nuthakki: My father, grandfather and great grandfather are all freedom fighters. I wanted to make a film after my graduation in agriculture. I began doing research on refugees and wanted to show the hardship they face through a gripping narrative. Even as I was preparing the script for the film, I acted in a couple of Telugu films. This made me take up the hero’s role in Ravana Desam, a bilingual. The second half of the film has been shot in the sea and I am sure people will like it.

Music director R. Sivan: I am a journalist in the electronic media. I learnt Carnatic music for four years. Director Ajay is a good friend and I travelled with him right from when he started working on the script and this helped me do my best with the re-recording. I have scored the music for three Telugu movies before this. I expect Ravana Desam will provide me the necessary break in the Tamil film industry.