Sanchita Shetty headlines female-centric drama Azhagiya Kanne

Kollywood has churned out several women-centric films in the past. But R Vijayakumar says his Azhagiya Kanne will be a different take on women and their everyday struggles. “It’s a heroine-based story. In today’s fast-paced city life, there is no time for people to enjoy or experience the joys of staying in a joint family. That concept of koottu kudumbam is almost non-existent because the city culture is not very conducive for it. In such a scenario, how does a girl who got married to the love of her life and has a child live? What are the struggles she faces? We’ll be narrating this in a very entertaining manner,” says the director, who’s worked with Seenu Ramasamy before.

While Sanchita Shetty plays the female lead, Leo Sivakumar, son of Dindigul Leoni, will be making his debut with the film. Ask Vijayakumar why he roped in Sanchita for the role, and he says, “I felt she was apt for the role. She plays a Madurai girl who comes to Chennai and works in the IT sector. There are three phases to her life — Kadhal, thirumanam, kudumba vaazhvu. We did a screen test and I felt her performance was brilliant. She is a talented actress, very dedicated to her craft, and I’m sure she will win awards for her performance.”

Ashok Kumar is handling the cinematography, while NR Raghunanthan is composing the music. “Vairamuthu is penning the lyrics, Vijay Thennarasu is handling the story and Xavier Britto is backing the film,” says the filmmaker, adding, “The story is inspired from a real-life incident. It will start in Madurai and end in Chennai. We are presently filming in Chennai, and will head to Madurai for about 15 days towards March-end.”