Art director Amaran of Lingaa fame has been roped into Mani Ratnam's Kaatru Veliyidai. Speaking about how he landed the opportunity, Amaran has said:
"Mysskin sir introduced me to Mani Ratnam when I was called in to design for the felicitation ceremony of Veenai S Balachander. Even though my contribution for the event was not much, I was treated with utmost respect by Mani sir.
Rare for a person of his stature, he introduced himself before I could go and talk to him. Impressed by my work, Mani sir offered me the chance to work in 'Kaatru Veliyidai'. I was taken by surprise," Amaran told Deccan Chronicle.
Sharmistha Roy, a production designer from Mumbai is on board, taking care of the research work.
"The research was carried out by Sharmistha, and my team of 42 members had to execute it. We were not able to take part in the research process because we had only 15 days with us," he has said.
Amaran feels honoured to have worked with Sharmistha.
"I was honoured to have closely worked with Sharmistha. Her energy is just unmatchable. I had the opportunity to learn heaps from her and it inspired me to keep learning," he told the leading daily.
Kaatru Veliyidai stars Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari in lead roles. While Karthi plays a pilot, Aditi plays a doctor in the film.