Springing yet another surprise

TRUST KAMAL Hasan to spring innovative surprises time and again. The invite for the launch of his next project is in the format of a First Information Report. Yes, an FIR!

And finally, it's official. Kamal is all set to don the mantle of `Sandiyar', and is helming it himself. Only a few days ago, Kamal called mediapersons for a meeting to tell them not to write anything at all before official announcements and kill the project even before it takes off, with unsolicited hype and unreliable hearsay.

He promised to let them know first, if anything concrete takes shape. And what better way to give the press information firsthand than an FIR!

Kamal this time, apart from having written the story and screenplay and directing the film, is also producing it himself. After `Hey! Ram', he once again turns to maestro Ilaiyaraja (who is tipped to be the music director).

The `FIR' says that `Sandiyar' is a story set in the backdrop of two warring families — that of Virumaandi's (Kamal Hasan) and Nallamanaicker's (played by Napolean). Nasser plays the Inspector listed in the FIR and Abhirami plays Annalakshmi who has been allegedly kidnapped by `Sandiyar'.

The FIR that brands Virumaandi as `Sandiyar', accuses him of killing four villagers and also carries a thumb-impression framing Kamal in yet another rustic look. The film is to go under production starting April 18 at the Madurai Medical College Grounds.

By Sudhish Kamath