The origin During his days as a journalist, in the 1980s, Vasanth’s colleague’s daughter lost her husband in an air crash. In the same accident, another person’s wife had passed away. A few months later, the two met, and gradually, they fell in love and married each other. Vasanth wanted to turn this into his first film, but he couldn’t get a satisfying script. It was only after he had made a few films that he could crack it, even though producer Pyramid Natrajan had signed him up for this film while he was directing Aasai — in 1995!
While he could not get a popular hero due to date issues, he roped in Arjun on the producer’s suggestion. Though Arjun was doing action films then, Vasanth took it on as a challenge and felt he could turn the Action King into an Acting King! Meena, who was supposed to work with the director in his second film, Nee Paadhi Naan Paadhi, was the first choice for the heroine. He says that on the set, Meena would bring out the emotions of the character effortlessly. Vasanth says he wrote the roles of the elderly couple with Nagesh and Lakshmi in mind.
The music Rahman, who was supposed to work on Aasai, loved Vasanth’s concept of having one song each based on the five elements of nature. The composing of the songs was done in Pasumalai near Madurai. The first song that was composed was Nadhiye. As Vasanth liked the refrain Dheem Thana Na, Rahman turned that into the pallavi of the song. Rahman wanted to compose the background score with an international feel and came up with a minimalist score with several thematic pieces.