The cornerstone of Tamil cinema has always been the B and C markets, says R Panneerselvam of Renigunta fame, when discussing Vijay Sethupathi-starrer Karuppan that is releasing this week. “Rural films are my comfort zone and Karuppan is no exception. I look for scripts that will appeal to all audiences, but with a special emphasis on rural audiences. B and C audiences will identify with the emotions of my characters more than urban audiences,” he says.
Set in a rural background, the film is an action thriller. Vijay Sethupathi look, however, seems to be indicative of his character when he was young. The signature beard and moustache style that Sethupathi had donned while shooting for the film is missing. The movie will draw our attention to Jallikattu, the popular traditional sport of Tamil Nadu. The film has been predominantly shot in Theni and is set in its neighboring towns and villages.
The teaser shows Vijay Sethupathi taming a bull, but the film isn’t about the jallikattu protests, he says. The project was started even before the jallikattu protests and has nothing to do with any controversy. Panneerselvam claims that till date, nobody has made a film completely about jallikattu.
Karuppan also stars Tanya of Brindavanam fame and Bobby Simha as the villain. Simha’s role is so good that Vijay Sethupathi wanted to do it. We wanted an unconventional antagonist and approached Simha. As he’s quite close to Sethupathi, he agreed to be a part of the film without questions. Both have previously been part of two successful ventures, Soodhu Kavvum and Iraivi.