Finally, here comes a Tamil film which has a ‘daughter of the soil’ as its heroine. Films starring Tamil girls as heroines can be numbered out of the several releases Kollywood witnesses each year. An upcoming film titled Kumizhi and directed by debutant director Rathika would have Uma, who is 100% Tamilian, as the heroine.
It’s not only Uma but the hero and other actors seem to hail from Tamil Nadu. A proud-looking Rathika (who got name from the letters of the names of his parents) says that though some Tamil films had been made in the past about sports and their significance in particular, no film has come with hockey, the country’s national game, as the backdrop.
“The film is about the game of hockey. How would it be if all the residents of a street in a locality are aware of the nuances of the game and are able to play the game with ease? The script revolves around such a street and the problems plaguing it. The entire film has been shot in and around Peravurani in Thanjavur,” says Rathika. A huge lush-green ground was chosen as the hockey playing venue.
Some players from the present and past Indian hockey team are also starring in the film, says producer Ravindran of Siva Vishnu Films. “I had finished a course in Film Institute but was looking after the family business of agriculture when I was stunned by Rathika who narrated the script to me. I then found money to invest in the film and also play a significant role in the film,” adds Ravindran.
Rathika says most of the gangsters turn out to be former athletes or sportsperson who had, at one time, excelled in their chosen sport. “The script deals with what happens when the dream of the players to achieve big turns hay-wire. The film would remain a testimony to the sporting skills of the village youths who are mostly neglected when it comes to selecting the national team in various sports,” concludes Rathika.