Actress turns filmmaker

By NT Bureau Published on May 07, 2018 05:04 PM IST

Actress Akshaya, whose claim to fame is the 2006 Tamil film Kalabha Kadhalan, where she portrayed a negative role as Arya's sister-in-law, who wants to seduce him, has now turned director with her upcoming flick Yaalee. The films first look poster was released on Saturday by acclaimed director, P Vasu.

Speaking about the unique title of the film, Akshaya said, "Yaalee is a mythical creature and a guardian deity that we can see in many sculptures inside Hindu South Indian temples. It has a lions face, elephant's tusks and a horse's body and it embodies the characters portrayed in my film."

P Vasu said, "The name Yaalee is a big plus for the film. New directors like Akshaya have been coming up with interesting and unique stories. After the recent protests in the Tamil film industry, small films have an increased scope and opportunity to succeed."

Speaking about the film, Akshaya said, "Yaalee is a suspense thriller which deals with issues women face in the society today. Recent events in the nation have inspired the story. The movie has been taken in a commercial way that people can watch and enjoy."

Akshaya and Thaman star as leads in the film, and it also has actors Oorvasi, Manobala and debutant Arjun. The story, screenplay, dialogues and direction for the film have been handled by Akshaya and she has shot major portions of the film in Mumbai and Malaysia. Lyricist Vairamuthu and V Lakshmi have penned the songs of the films.

The talented actress who was on a brief break from the cine world after the marriage has also crooned for a few songs in the film. Her husband, Balachandar T marks his foray into production and has footed the bill for the film.