Mugamoodi is an upcoming Indian Tamil superhero film, written and directed by Mysskin that stars Jeeva, Pooja Hegde and Narain in lead roles.
The film is expected to release on August 31st, 2012, along with a dubbed Telugu version titled Mask. The film is about a man who cannot tolerate injustice and corruption and hence turns into a vigilante to fight against it for a better society.
- Jeeva as Anand/Bruce Lee
- Narain as Anguchamy/Dragon
- Pooja Hegde as Shakthi
- Nassar as Gaurav
- Selvaah as Sifu Chandru
- Girish Karnad as Anand’s father
- Anupama Kumar
- Misha Ghoshal
In September 2008, UTV Motion Pictures agreed to produce Myshkin’s superhero script, Mugamoodi (Mask), and subsequently signed on leading actor Surya to play the role of the protagonist.
Pre-production work for the film began in late 2008, with the film also being referred to by the media as Agni Puthran. The film was reported to be made at a cost of 45 crores with AR Rahman as music composer and Surya portraying a Kung Fu fighter in the film.
However in July 2009, Surya opted out and unsuccessful discussions were held with Vishal to replace him, forcing Myshkin to stall the project. As the project remained dormant, Mysskin temporarily shelved the project and moved on to script a horror film.
In October 2010, Aarya signed on for the film with Linguswamy’s Thirupathi Brothers production house replacing UTV as producers. However within months Aarya had pulled out as had Linguswamy. In June 2011, a new Mumbai based company had taken the production reins whilst Jeeva, after the commercial success of his political thriller Ko, had signed on to portray the lead role. Later that month, it was announced that Narain, who had worked with Myshkin in both Chithiram Pesuthadi and Anjathe, would portray the role of the lead antagonist with reports suggesting that the role would be reminiscent of The Joker from the 2008 English film, The Dark Knight. In early July 2011, sources reported that Amala Paul had been signed up to portray the lead female character in the film, which the actress dismissed, with Dhananjayan of UTV also confirming that Amala was not approached for the role.
Pooja Hegde, second runner up of the 2011 Miss Universe India beauty pageant was eventually finalized as the female lead. K, who had scored for Mysskin’s Yuddham Sei (2010) previously, was selected as the film composer over two other music directors, while Madhan Karky would pen the lyrics, associating for the first time with Mysskin. Veteran Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao was added to the cast in November 2011, while Prakash Raj was also reported to be playing an important role. The following month, Nassar was selected to portray a police officer. Pooja Hegde will appear as Jiiva’s lover in the film.
Reports further claimed that both Jiiva and Narain would undergo special training in martial arts with experts from the Shaolin Temple in China being flown in. A large group of young aspiring artists were roped in to be part of the fight sequences which are touted be the highlight of the movie. The artists were trained for over 6 months at YMCA, Nandanam, Chennnai rigorously. High-end gadgets to be used in the film were reportedly designed by the Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT), while teams from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) were roped in to create the costumes and looks of the characters. Furthermore, a Los Angeles-based firm would handle special effects, while action sequences are planned to be choreographed by stuntmen from Hong Kong. Costumes are designed by Amritha and it is said that Jiiva’s superhero outfit weighs more than 10 kg.
Shooting of the film started officially on December 12th, 2011 with the opening scene of Kung Fu as that was so spoken about. The film is expected to be released during Summer 2012. The film was being canned in the nights in and around Triplicane in Chennai where the fight scene of Jeeiva and Narain was shot in terrace.
Mysskin is planning a 20 day schedule to shoot the climax at Karaikal.The shoot concluded at Karaikal where daredevil stunts were performed by the lead actor at an altitude of 180 feet high where in the Karaikal port`s conveyor belt passes over.
Many scenes were also filmed at AVM Studio where huge hospital set was erected and also at Victoria hall, Deaf and Dumb school.; Tony Leung Siu Hung, a stunt coordinator from Hong Kong, has joined the climax shoot of the film that’s being canned in a massive scale at Karaikal.