Kayiru, a Tamil film that has silently been garnering accolades all over the world by winning award after award at International film festivals around the globe, is now all set to hit screens here in Tamil Nadu.
Yes, Kayiru, which has been directed by I Ganesh, an associate of the immensely respected Fazil, is to release on March 13 this year. Produced by Skyway Pictures, the film features Sr Gunaa (who has also co-produced the film), Kavya Madhav, Kandhasamy, Cheranraj in important roles. Music for the film has been scored by Prithivy and Vijay Anand. Cinematography is by Jeyan Unnithan and editing is by Karthik.
The film has won at least six International awards, including the Award for the Best Feature Film at the Great Cinema Now Film Festival in the US and the Award for the Best Actor at the 7 Colors Bachalors International Film Festival 2019 in Mexico.
It has also been a finalist in the Best Feature Film categories at the International Moving Film Festival 2019 in Iran, the Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival in Russia and in Cinema Lab, Colombia.
That is not all. From England to Nigeria to the US, the film has made it to the Official Selection List in the Best Narrative Feature Film Category of several top notch International film festivals, including the London International Motion Pictures Award, 2019,the Malabo International Music & Film Festivals 2019, West Africa and the Montgomery International film Festivals, 2019 in the U.S.
In short, the film has left its mark in at least 20 International film festivals across the world. Now, after having conquered the hearts of audiences across the world, it has finally come home to win the hearts of whom it was originally made for, the Tamil audience.
Ganesh, the director of Kayiru, is not new to the Tamil film industry. He is the co-director of the blockbuster, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, which featured actor Vijay and Shalini in the lead and was also the co-director of Kaasi, which featured Vikram in the lead and which was directed by Vinayan. Ganesh was also part of the direction team of films like Kannukul Nilavu and Oru Naal Oru Kanavu.
So, what is it about Kayiru that has made it win so many awards?
Says director Ganesh, “The film highlights the significance of the Tamil culture and stresses the need to preserve and nurture it. My film’s story revolves around a Boom Boom Mattukaran, a traditional soothsayer who goes door-to-door with a young bull every morning to make predictions. He falls in love with a girl. He is put in a situation where he must give up this profession, if he wants to marry the girl. This means losing the bull that he dearly loves. It also means giving up something that is not just his profession but also a tradition that was passed down to him by his father. In other words, giving up a practice which forms our culture. All this puts him in a fix. What he does is what the film is all about. The film highlights not just the significance of preserving our culture and traditions but also speaks about the need to be kind to animals.
“Through my film, I’ve made some pertinent points. I’ve underlined the fact that our culture is a treasure that’s been bequeathed to us by our ancestors. It is each one’s duty to preserve and nurture it. It stresses the need to change the practise of marrying off girls at a young age. More importantly, it highlights the fact that animals and birds are interdependent on man for their survival. We must not hurt them. On the contrary, we must show love and kindness to them.
“Although the film has several social messages in it, it is a thorough entertainer that all kinds of audience will enjoy. We intend to launch the audio in Canada on March first and release the film on March 13.”