By: Settu Shankar
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Actress Sujibala will play the role of a village dhobi girl. Whats special about this role is that she will wear a saree without a blouse in the film - Ayyavazhi. The film is based on the life story of social reformist Vaigundaswamy.
Vaigundaswamy was one of the brave people who protested against the injustice meted out to women in society in the 18th century. It was nearly 175 years ago that a king ruled the southern part of Tamilnadu who levied tax on a women's breast and on a mans mustache. At the time, nobody questioned his actions. Vaigundaswamy stood out and questioned this injustice. He fought to bring the women of that generation the justice due to them in society.
Now there are thousands of temples erected in honour of Vaigundaswamy. He has lakhs of followers in the South Tamilnadu. His followers have a separate identity, which they mark by wearing a turban and also by putting a single red mark on their head. They follow a religion based on his principles, which is called Ayyavazhi.
P.C.Anbazhgan, the director of Tamil film Kamaraj, is behind a plan to make a film based on the life of Vaigundaswamy and the film will be aptly titled Ayyavazhi.
A debutante actor, Raja, will play the role of Vaigundaswamy aka Vaigundar. Sujibala is playing the female lead role. Since it is a period Tamil film, Suji will appear in a saree without a blouse in most of the scenes. She is playing the character of a dhobi worker. Wellknown writer Ponneelan will play the very crucial role of the writing the script for Ayyavazhi.