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Ilaiyaraaja To Compose For A Sports Film

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Ilaiyaraaja is on board for an upcoming Tamil-Telugu sports film, starring Aadhi and Akansha Singh in the lead, directed by Prithvi Adithya.

Titled Clap – The Sound of Success, the film was launched yesterday and will go on floors on June 19. It has a big cast including Krisha Kurup, Nasser, Mime Gopi, Munishkanth and Prakash Raj.

Speaking to Silverscreen, director Prithvi Adithya says, “It’s a sports film, but has an emotional premise which also highlights an interesting relationship between a husband and wife. I felt we needed music to bring life to these sequences, and asked my producer if we can approach Ilaiyaraaja sir. I was very fortunate that he immediately agreed.”

He says, “When we met Ilaiyaraaja sir, I was nervous. He’s such a big name. He has worked on over a thousand films. But he was so welcoming and his positivity encouraged me. I felt that he liked the script when I narrated it, he agreed to be on board.”

The film has five songs, including the title song and two motivational ones. Aadhi plays a sprinter in the film, who is married to Aakansha Singh, a hockey player. “The story is based on athletics, and looks at the nuances in sports, the politics involved, and also looks at what really is sports and who one ultimately competes against.”

Prithvi has been preparing for the film for over a year and also underwent sports training. Aadhi and Aakansha Singh are training for their parts. Nasser plays the antagonist, Krishna Kurup is an athlete and Mime Gopi, Munishkanth and Prakash Raj have important roles.

Ragul is the editor and Vairabalan is the art director. Praveen Kumar, who recently worked on Jiivi, is the cinematographer for the film. IB Karthikeyan of Big Print Pictures is producing the movie along with P Prabha Prem of PMM Films and G Manoj and Sri Harsha of Cuts and Glory Studios.

Work on the script is complete and the team will be filming four schedules in Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad and Bangalore starting June 19.

Ilaiyaraaja’s recent films include 60 Vayadhu Maaniram and Naachiyaar. He is also composing for Maamanidhan and Psycho which are under production.

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