The story of director R. Kannan's forthcoming Tamil film "Oru Oorla Rendu Raja" is predominantly based in a train and a car. He says it will be the first out-and-out travel story in the language, and he is confident it will definitely appeal to audiences.
"Tamil cinema hasn't had a full-length travel story. That's where I think my film will stand out. The entire first half of my story takes place in a train, while the post-interval part takes places on road in a car, auto-rickshaw and a few more vehicles," Kannan told IANS.
"Audiences are hungry for novelty in cinema. Anything different, backed by good content is always appreciated. I'm positive that my film will be welcomed for its off-beat attempt," he said.
Featuring Vemal, Soori and Priya Anand in the lead roles, the film revolves "around the journey of these three characters and the encounters that change their lives along the way".
Kannan, who is known for delivering an important message through his films, says "there's one in this film too", but he assures that it won't be preachy.
A travel story is not easy to execute as it involves shooting in public and Kannan faced similar hassles. He says it wasn't easy to manage the crowds that gathered to watch his film's shooting.
"We hired a train for about 15 days to shoot in Mayavaram. The biggest challenge was to manage the people who came to watch our shoot. If they were in hundreds, it wouldn't be a challenge, but they were in thousands," he said.
"At times I was more worried about someone getting hurt in the crowd while trying to watch our shoot. Some of them would watch us shoot atop of a stationed train and some from underneath it. It was a frightening sight," he added.
Also starring Vishakha Singh in an important role, "Oru Oorla Rendu Raja" is slated for release Thursday.