Naan Mahan Alla Movie Description - Yuvan Shankar Raja


After his first feature film Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, released in February 2009, became a success, receiving much critical acclaim as well, director Suseenthiran started to work on the script for his next film. Initially planned to do a film titled Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai, which failed to commence due to financial problems, he decided to first direct a film featuring a known lead actor, before coming back to that film. He was ready with the script by August 2009, revealing details about the project. While his previous film was based on sporting incidents in a rural background, this film was said to be a "total city subject", shot entirely in Chennai. An action family entertainer, the film would deal about problems in city life, according to Suseenthiran. On 19 August 2009, it was then announced, that the film was titled Naan Mahaan Alla and would be produced by K. E. Gnanavelraja under the banner of Studio Green, who earlier had produced Surya's Sillunu Oru Kadhal and the award-winning Paruthiveeran by Ameer Sultan, which incidentally also starred Karthi in the lead role. The film was reportedly based on a real life incident that happened to one of the relatives of director Suseenthiran. Suseenthiran had been scripting the film for five months.


While Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Suseenthiran's first feature film, starred mostly newcomers, he chose Karthi for the lead role in the film as he felt, that Karthi has an "innocence in his face" that was needed for this role and that he could "convey charm, innocence and being jolly at the same time". For the lead female role, Kajal Aggarwal, who had appeared in Tamil films as Pazhani, Saroja and Modhi Vilayadu, was roped in, who Suseenthiran had chosen, after having seen her performances in the Telugu films Chandamama and Magadheera and felt, that her "cute expressions" were what he needed for that character. While Karthi's character is a middle class bank employee, Aggarwal would play an employee in a mobile phone company. Soori, who also played a comedic role in Suseenthiran's debut venture Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu was again roped in, while Jayaprakash, who essayed several supporting roles and rose to fame with his performance in Pasanga was chosen to play Karthi's father in the film. However, like in his previous film, Suseenthiran also introduced several new artists, such as five boys who played the villains in the film. According to the director, he found three of them "loitering on a popular road in the city", whilst cinematographer Vijay Milton's assistant Ramachandran as well as cinematographer Aruldass also debuted and played pivotal roles.


The shooting commenced, after a ten days of rehearsal, on 4 September 2009 and was be held in various Indian cities as Chennai, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. In mid-September, the shooting was reportedly being carried along the East Coast Road (ECR) near Chennai  and later in the environs of the highways near Poonamallee in Chennai.


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