Bharani Jayapal, who had been assisting mercurial director Selvaraghavan for the past few years, turns director with a new film titled Madhil Mel Poonai (MMP). The film has Vijay Vasanth (of Nadodigal fame) playing the male lead opposite Vibha, another debutant who debuts as heroine. Vibha is the cousin sister of Arvind Swamy, who was the teenage heartthrob in the State in the mid-nineties thanks to Roja and Bombay.
Talking about his film, Jayapal says “It’s imperative for children to have caring parents and good teachers in their younger days which go a long way in shaping their futures. The script attempts to narrate what happens if either parents or teachers don’t perform their roles properly. The film also has a 20-minute long sequence based on a real-life incident which comes just before intermission.
“Thambi Ramaiah would take care of the comedy track in the film which is basically an action-packed thriller film. We have shot widely in Paramakudi, Puducherry and in parts of Kerala. It was a memorable experience for us to shoot in the dense forests of Kerala. Once we were shooting in the forests when a herd of elephants came rushing towards us. We somehow managed to save ourselves by hiding behind the trees.
“Fortunately for us, the elephants didn’t chase us down. Vibha was scared out of her wits and it took her considerable time to recover herself,” says Jayapal. Raghavendra, who scored the music of the hit film Renigunta, has scored the music of MMP. Vibha, who has starred in a Kannada film, is quite excited about her debut film in Tamil.
“I’m a cousin sister of Arvind Swamy and a typical Chennai girl. He blessed me and advised me to work hard. I have played a good role in the film and have even performed my own stunts. It was a thrilling experience to have shot in thd dense forests for more than 45 days,” concludes Vibha.