The cast and crew of upcoming Tamil dance film Koothan, in which choreographer-actor Nagendra Prasad plays the antagonist, visited the DTNext office to talk about what their film is all about.
The lead actors of Koothan, a film that has been creating waves among Tamil movie buffs for its dance numbers in the promotional videos, arrived at our office. Kira Narayanan, one of the heroines, along with Srijitaa Gosh, another heroine, enters the office followed by the hero of the film Rajkumar and composer Balz G. “Nagendra Prasad will arrive a little later as he has been shooting round the clock,” the team members tell us. Meanwhile, they cheerfully pose for our photographer as they pull each other’s legs. “This is how we are, like a happy family. We keep joking around, play with each other,” starts off Kira.
When we ask them if there were any ego-clashes among the three heroines in the film, Kira retorts with a ‘no’. It was Balz, who let the cat out of the bag. “Yes, there was one incident when Srijitaa had to share the room with another heroine Sonal, who is a vegetarian and had issues over Srijitaa eating meat,” says Balz G as the team recalls the incident and has a good laugh. “However, Srijitaa and I had no issues with each other. We both play sisters on screen and that’s how we are off the screen as well. We both play dancers, I play a classical dancer while she plays a western dancer. We debate and compete over whose dance form is superior. There is a love triangle as well and the suspense will unfold when you watch the film,” says Kira.
Srijitaa says that Koothan, apart from being a dance film will have a storyline that has an emotional connect while Ramkumar adds, “There is a perception that all dance films are based on dance competition and ultimately the hero’s team wins. Koothan is more about restoration of folk dance as an art form and will remind people of their roots and traditional values.” He also tells us that the film was physically taxing. “Not because I had to romance three heroines in back-to-back scenes,” Balz G interrupts. “Stop lying Ram, your father was specific about casting more than two heroines with you even before you signed the film. And all I did was to compose music and submit it to director AL Venky on time.
On a serious note, every dance film is like a musical. You need the right music to make them dance. So, we planned everything to perfection in the pre-production stage so that there are no hurdles while we shoot for the film,” adds the composer. Srijitaa joins the conversation and says, “The film will be a perfect launchpad for me in Tamil. I am a dance instructor and when I was told by the director that the film is based on dance, I couldn’t say ‘no’ to it.” The door opens and enters Nagendra Prasad. “I knew you guys would have complained that I never made it to shoot on time,” he settles down. Balz G says, “Ever since he played Thalapathy Vijay’s friend in Ghilli, he has transformed himself like Vijay. Nagendra Prasad doesn’t talk much, he is humble and a good human.” A flabbergasted Nagendra Prasad says, “They have done the damage they wanted to for showing up late.
But then, this team’s palpable energy lifted everyone else’s mood on the sets. Also, there were people, who asked me why I am playing a negative character. Now is the time for me to explore various roles. The highlight of Koothan is, I was working on this dance film while Prabhudheva anna was simultaneously shooting for Lakshmi, the recently-released dance film.” Balz G concludes saying, “Nagi’s team is also a part of the film. They end up in the losing team and it was difficult for them to get the posture wrong as they are professionals.