It was close to midnight, but this pub in RK Salai was buzzing with young crowd. While couples were getting cosy over some food and drinks, others spent the night dancing away to peppy songs. But what caught our attention was a man dressed in royal garb with a gadhai in hand, making his way into the crowd. Yes, it was Lord Yamadharmaraja in all his glory, trying to locate his trusted aide, Chitraguptan.
“We are shooting a sequence where Lord Yama comes to Earth in search of Chitraguptan. He searches for him everywhere and finally comes to this pub,” says director Muthukumaran, when we catch hold of him in break time. He’s shooting a sequence for Dharmaprabhu at this pub, and is busy going through the scene with Yogi Babu aka Lord Yama and Ramesh Thilak aka Chitraguptan before the final take.
“It’s a new atmosphere for Lord Yaman, and he’s quite intrigued looking at this,” he adds, “This is the first time He has come to Earth and He is amused to find that there are huge shops for everything — for food, for clothes. It’s a political satire. We know that Yamadharmarajan and Chitraguptan keep an account of all the good and the bad deeds we do. But, what if he had to punish us instantly for our actions? The film explores such a scenario.”
Prod Yogi Babu if he had to do any prep work to play Lord Yaman, and he says, “No, I never prepare in advance. I always come on the set and do whatever the director wants me to, and develop the scene impromptu form there.” He adds, “Goundamani sir has played Yamadharman in Lucky Man, Sivaji sir and NTR sir have also done it. But, we don’t know how he is actually in real life. It’s all our imagination.”
The film is nearing its post-production stage, and only a song is left to be shot. “When we dream, we imagine being in heaven. But what kind of a place will those who reside in heaven dream of? We’re scouting for such a location. We’ll complete that song as well,” signs off Muthukumaran.
It was a sequence where Lord Yama comes to Earth in search of Chitraguptan. He searches for him everywhere and finally comes to this pub.