Trailer of the digitally restored Aayirathil Oruvan from today

The trailer of the digitally restored version of M.G. Ramachandran’s Aayirathil Oruvan, in which he paired with J. Jayalalithaa for the first time, will be screened at theatres playing Veeram from today.

“We have not only digitally restored the 35-mm film to cinemascope, we have re-mastered the audio as well. We used live instruments to convert the mono-audio into 5.1 surround sound,” says D. Chokkalingam whose Divya Films also restored Sivaji Ganesan’s Karnan, which filled the coffers upon its release last year.

While Karnan released in around 70 screens, Aayirathil Oruvan is expected to be released this month in close to 100 screens across Tamil Nadu.

Apart from securing the negatives of the film, Chokkalingam says that appealing to the young audience of today was a priority. “The audience lap it up if the restoration is good. We used a lot of computer graphics to enhance the quality of the images in the original. It took us a two years to get the work done.”

Ulagam Suttrum VaalibanChokkalingam also has secured the rights of films such as Galaatta Kalyanam, Deiva Magan and Rickshakaaran.