Annamalai (Tamil, 1992)


I had just came back from Mumbai after shooting Jagruti, When I was informed by Balachandar Sir that the assigned director for this film had opted out of the arrangement and I was to substitute him. The shooting was to start in two days!! I had less than 48 hours to prepare for a shooting with Rajnikanth, with absolutely no knowledge of the script. The movie was predetermined like numerous other instances in my life. Many scenes in this film were perceived and created on the spot. Do or die situation at the best of times!

This film turned out to be atuning point of my career in the industry. Starring super star of Tamil cinema. Rajnikant and produced by my mentor K.Balachander, the film went on to become a mega hit of the year. The film featured other popular stars such as Sarat Babu, Kushboo, Radha Ravi, Nizhalgal Ravi and Rekha Another notable highlight was the music composition by Deva.

The story is that of a simpleton, Rajnikanth playing the role of anna malai, a milkman and his friendship with Ashok a rich man, played by sarath Babu. The essence of the movie traces highs and lows of the relationship between these two characters. The film full of high drama, brilliant comedy and an even more engaging dialogue made it big in the box office. What’s more the film brought me and super star Rajnikanth, together for many films to come.