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“I Was Apprehensive About Approaching Arya And Sayyesha”: ‘Teddy’ Director Shakti Soundar Rajan

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The first look poster of Arya-Sayyesha starrer Teddy is out now. Helmed by Shakti Soundar Rajan, the film is being bankrolled by KE Gnanavelraja and his daughter Aadhana Gnanavelraja under their Studio Green banner. The film marks the third association of the real-life couple after Ghajinikanth and Kaappaan.

The poster features a teddy bear (looks like the exact replica of the teddy bear from Ted starring Mark Wahlberg) in overalls hiding behind an armed Arya right in the middle of a road.

Actor Arya took to Twitter to share the first-look poster.

The film is touted to be a fantasy entertainer, aimed at children and youngsters. Apart from the lead pair, the film also stars Bigg Boss Tamil fame Sakshi AgarwalSathish, and Karunakaran, Masoom Shankar in important roles. Director Magizh Thirumeni also plays a significant role in the film, making his acting debut. He had earlier dubbed for Anurag Kashyap in Ajay Gnanamuthu‘s Imaikkaa Nodigal.

The film recently wrapped up the shoot and has now moved into the post-production phase owing to a great deal of graphics involved. The work will take place for four months at NextGen Media and Arunraj who was in charge of the graphics in his previous venture Tik Tik Tik will helm this too.

Speaking about the title, Shakti Soundar Rajan said, “There is a deep connection between the teddy bear and Arya in the film. We shortlisted various names for the title and finally decided to go with Teddy. A teddy bear is something known and enjoyed by all generations and thus we felt it would be apt for the film. We’re striving to make the movie an enjoyable one for all generations.”

After films like Naanayam (dealt with a bank heist), Miruthan (dealt with zombies), and Tik Tik Tik (dealt with space) the director who is known for delving into unique plots says the idea of a computerised teddy bear is a unique aspect in itself. “The genre of the film can’t be described in one word. This teddy bear which is entirely built with graphics travels with the actor throughout the film serving like a second-hero. It will act, fight and perform just like any other character.” said Shakti.

Speaking about the real-life couple Arya and Sayyesha, “I was apprehensive with the thought of approaching them. Despite the fact that they had worked together before and after their wedding (Ghajinikanth and Kaappaan respectively), I wasn’t sure if they would agree to pair up again. But fortunately, both of them agreed to work on the script and allotted dates for the shoot within a week.”

Sayesha Saigal at the Ghajinikanth First Single Launch
Arya, Sayyeshaa And Others At The Ghajinikanth First Single Launch

While Yuvraj will be handling the camera, Imman will compose music for the film and Sivantheeswaran will edit. Sakthi Saravanan will choreograph stunt sequences. The film has been shot in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Baku.

The director also adds his experience of shooting at Baku, which he claims is an ancient city. “The people residing at Baku have immense love for films. They seem to know a lot about Hindi films from the black and white era. Actress Sayyeshaa is the granddaughter of popular actor Dilip Kumar. Knowing this, people entered the sets of Teddy and screamed out his name repeatedly,” said Shakti who adds, “We shot at a slum in the city where an old lady constantly held onto Arya and kept making conversation with the actor. When we tried to stop the lady from bothering him, she held up the DVD of Madrasapattinam and asked the actor if that was him. Only then did we realise the love they possess for actors.”

On producer KE Gnanavelraja, Shakti says, “I met him after Tik Tik Tik and he decided to bankroll the project without questioning me on the number of days I required for the shoot. There were no constraints for me or on the budget and he provided whatever was necessary for the film without a second thought.”

Here is the first-look poster of the film.

The film will hit screens in Summer 2020.

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