Karthi and Anushka Shetty are back with their first movie release of the year, Alex Pandiyan. Their first combo film is directed by Suraj of Padikathavan fame and the film is heading for a massive release on January 11.
The first-ever project of Karthi and Suraj has been in the news
since 2008. Earlier, it was said that they were joining hands for
the remake of Telugu superhit film Vikramarkudu but it did
not happen for some reason and later Karthi teamed up with Siva for
a remake, which was titled Siruthaai.
After much-delay, things starting falling into place for Suraj.
The makers of the film considered a couple of titles before zeroing
in on Alex Pandiyan, which is named after the iconic
character played by superstar Rajinikanth in hit film Moondru
The film was formally announced in 2011 and Anushka Shetty was signed to pair up with Karthi. Many actresses including Malayali girl Bhavana was approached but it was Anushka, who had the last laugh. Then, the race for the second fiddle started and a few names, including Lakshmi Rai were considered but Nikita Thukral bagged the film.
Later, Sanusha, Akanksha Puri were also signed for important roles followed by Santhanam, Milind Soman, Suman and others. With this the casing process was ended.
The movie kicked off on November 11 in Kerala and the shooting
was completed in a rapid speed. During the process, there were
rumours that director Ameer Sultan, who has legal disputes with
production house Studio Green, halted the shoots. But the director
denied the reports. It was shot in Chennai, Chalakudy, Hyderabad,
Vishakhapatnam, Mysore and few other places in North India.
One of the highlights of Alex Pandiyan is action
sequences. The stunt scene choreographed by Ganesh, shot on a
moving train between Mysore and KRS dam has already drawn audience
Six cameras were used and a train was reportedly hired for 15
days by the movie bosses. It costed around Rs 2 crore. It has to be
noted that Karthi did not use a body double rather he performed the
stunt on his own.
Alex Pandiyan has five songs composed by Devi Sri
Prasad of which 'Onnam Class...', sung by Mukesh and Priyadarshini,
and written by Vaali stands out. 12 sets were erected by art
director Prabhakar to shoot the songs of the film.
The story of Alex Pandiyan is about an aimless and
irresponsible guy, played by Karthi, who does anything for money.
According to the director, it is a pure action comedy film.
However, the film is releasing tomorrow in over 350 screens in