Cinematographer-turned-director Shamdat Sainudeen is all prepped up for his directorial debut Street Lights. The film is a bilingual and stars Malayalam superstar Mammootty. The Malayalam superstar will be bankrolling the project.
Talking about the film, Shamdat said, “It’s an entertaining thriller, and the Tamil version is set in Chennai. We have cast a different set of actors for Tamil and Malayalam versions. Prithvi Pandirajan, Black Paandi, Sreeram (of Pasanga fame), Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Stunt Silva and Semmalar are acting in the Tamil version. Mammootty sir, who is the lead character, plays a gritty cop. Pandiarajan will be seen in a crucial role”.
He further added that Kamal Haasan was the brain behind choosing an English name for the film. He continued, “I told him that I was making a film and that I was not able to find a title in Tamil for it. He was the one who suggested that I retain Street Lights as the title in the Tamil version, too. When I told him I was apprehensive about having an English title because they don’t give tax exemption here if the title is not in Tamil, he assured me and said that the rules were going to change soon, so I need not worry. In fact, he felt that an English title will help my film stand apart”.
The film is all set to release on January 26.
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