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Confident strides

A still from Uyir Mozhi

A still from Uyir Mozhi

Armed with a script that deals with a subject not explored in Tamil cinema yet, and counting on nothing but his confidence, first-time director Rajaa comes across as a man who is not afraid to experiment.

“I haven’t worked as an assistant to any director, but I have directed several commercials. I was with Prime Focus as an editor and then I shifted to Low Lintas. It was while working for this organisation in South Africa that I met a person working in a DNA lab. He explained all about DNA to me and I found it really interesting, and wanted to make a film on the topic,” says the director, who has spun a romantic tale using scientific facts pertaining to the human DNA.

Explains Rajaa: “Initially, I was a little apprehensive as to how I would be able to convey such an idea to the audience. And then, I hit upon Uyir Mozhi ’s story — five boys vying for one visually challenged girl. Each one tries to present the world to her as he sees it.”

The director has gone in for a bunch of newcomers, except comedian Chauums. “I wanted to opt for established artistes, but then I realised dates were going to be a problem. And, there could be ego hassles. So I chose newcomers. I took them to ‘Mime’ Gopi, a mime artiste who honed the cast’s acting skills.”

Five aspects

Each of the five boys represents a behavioural pattern determined by the DNA. While Manav from Mumbai plays Alpha (exhibiting leadership qualities), Sasi, who has completed Hotel Management and Business Administration plays Beta (self-centred). Chauums plays Gamma (confused), and dance master Bobby Antony plays Delta (eccentric). Rajiv, a dancer who has been a part of dance reality show Maanada Mayilaada , plays Omega (innocent). Keerthi, who plays the visually challenged, is a Class XII student making her debut in Tamil cinema.

The director says he has also attempted to create awareness on two social issues. “Audience watching my film will get to know about lazy eye. I have a lazy eye and not many know what it is. The worst part is, it can’t be cured. This film will also throw light on the fears people who regain vision experience.”


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