National Award winning filmmaker Vasanthabalan started his journey in the industry as assistant director to Shankar. Having made his directorial debut with Album, Vasanthabalan has carved a niche for himself by making meaningful and script-oriented movies like Veyyil, Angadi Theru, Aravaan and Kaaviya Thalaivan.
He has completed making Jail, a film starring G V Prakash, whom he introduced as music composer in Veyyil, as protagonist. Two songs from the movie, which were released recently, won accolades of fans. One of them is ‘Kaathodu Kaathaanen’ sung by Dhanush and Aditi Rao which has crossed 14 million hits and going strong.
Starting a new phase of his cinema journey, Vasanthabalan, in association with three of his friends who studied together in more than a century-old Kshatriya Vidyasala in Virudhunagar, where great leader Kamaraj had his school education, has floated a film production house called Urban Boys Studios.
One of the friends M Varadharajan is associated with Vasanthabalan since Album days. He has played the roles of assistant director, casting director, project designer and executive producer and carries with him immense experience and knowledge. In fact, the role played by Bharath in Veyyil was inspired by Varadarajan.
Another friend Murugan Gnanavel works in a senior position in a top tech firm in the United States. Krishna Kumar, who is the other partner, had made a humble beginning to his professional life by selling computer spare parts and now is a leading industrialist.
The new untitled project, being helmed by Vasanthabalan, has Arjun Das and Dushara Vijayan in lead roles, with Singam Puli, Bharani and Sha Raa playing key characters.
After ‘Veyyil’ and ‘Jail’, Vasanthabalan and G V Prakash are joining hands for this film’s music. Cinematography is by Edwin Sakay, Art Direction is by Suresh Kallery and Editing will be taken care of by M Ravikumar. Prabhakar is the Executive Producer of this movie and Nagaraaj Rakkenppen is the Line Producer.
Shooting for this movie started in Chennai recently and is going on in brisk manner.
Like the earlier movies of Vasanthabalan, this one too will have ample importance to story. According to the director, who is also a producer now, the new movie will have a strong script and will also entertain the audience.