What it is about

Produced by K. Pazhaniammal, and written and directed by Arjunaraja, Thiru Pugazh, from the Real Screen banner, is a love story with a difference. The cast comprises Dileep Kumar, Prabhuraj, Divya Singh, Seetha, Nalini, ‘Subaleka’ Sudhakar, Sudha, “Kadhal” Dandapani, Riyaz Khan and Pandu. The camera is by Devaraj, music by A.K.Ramji, editing by Suresh Urs, art by P. A. Anand, and stunts by Tiger Babu. The audio was released by producer R. B. Chowdry and the first copy was received by director Bhagyaraj.

Music highlights

There are five songs in the album. The first is ‘Aananthathai’ written by Pa.Vijay and sung by Saindavi. Jayamkondan’s lyrics are striking in ‘Parkira Parvayil’, sung by Velmurugan and Deepika. ‘Andhi Neram’, written by Muthuvijayan and sung by M.K.Balaji and Madhumitha, is sure to be popular with listeners. The last two numbers are written by Yugabharathi – ‘Kannil Kannda’ sung by Prasanna and ‘Poove’ sung by Belliraj.

What they say

Producer K. Pazhaniammal: Director Arjunaraja (my husband) and I started a production company to make a film. The story and screenplay of Thiru Pugazh is sure to be well-received by audiences. The film is ready to be released soon.

Director Arjunaraja: I have earlier done three films — Alaiyadikkuthu, Maiyam Kondain and Kovalanin Kadhali. Thiru Pugazh is my fourth film. The story is about how love could ruin a girl’s life. I have shot the film in various parts of Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Dindigal and Kodaikanal, and some of it in Puducherry.

Hero Dileep Kumar: I was a child artist and have worked in 40 films in Tamil and Telugu. When I was older, I played the role of villain in Jeyam. It was followed by three films in Telugu as hero and one in Malayalam. My first film as hero in Tamil was director Arjunaraja’s Maiyam Kondaen. I think Thiru Pugazh will be released before Maiyam Kondaen so perhaps it could be termed my debut film in Tamil where I play the hero. My role in the film has slight negative shades to it.

Music director A. K. Ramji: I was working as an assistant director to music director Bharani. It was Bharani who scored the music for director Arujunaraja’s first film Alaiadikkuthu. We became good friends and he gave me my first break as a music director. That’s how Thiru Pugazh came my way. The director has created some good situations for my songs and I am happy I have been able to do justice with the re-recording too.