Actor Sivakarthikeyan, who has his hands full with various upcoming projects, couldn't take up Francis Markus' forthcoming flick Oyee, which was originally written for the Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam star, according to the director.
The film, which has music by 'Isaignani' Ilaiyaraaja, was offered to Sivakarthikeyan, who had to turn down the offer, citing date issues.
"I had approached Sivakarthikeyan with the story, but he was already committed to a project so he couldn't be a part of this project. We had approached another leading hero, but we were faced with a similar fate," Markus told IANS.
Finally Geethan Britto and Eesha were selected to play the lead in the village based drama, which is all set to hit the silver screen this Friday (April 8th).
Talking about the film, Francis says Oyee follows along the lines of 'Ulaganayagan' Kamal Haasan's Thevar Megan and that it has more importance to its female lead.
"It's a story along the lines of 'Thevar Megan', with focus on the bond between a father and son. Set against a rural backdrop, the film has a very strong role for the heroine, and this could be even called a heroine-centric film," he said.
The film also has a 'Silambam' (a weapon-based Indian martial arts form) angle to it.
"Geethan underwent training in Silambam for nearly a month before we went on the floors," said Markus, adding that the movie will appeal to audiences from all walks of life.
Oyee was shot non-stop for 40 days in and around Pollachi and some portions in Chennai. The team of Oyee is banking on Ilaiyaraaja's presence to get their film the all important recognition.
The movie has five tracks sung by various playback singers including the likes of Ranjith, NSK Ramya, Rahul Nambiar, Karthik and Priya Himesh.