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Sangamithra
Directed bySundar C.
Produced by
  • N. Ramasamy
  • Hema Rukmani
Written by
  • Sundar C.
  • Subha
Starring
  • Jayam Ravi
  • Arya
  • Disha Patani
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyTirru
Production
company
Thenandal Studio Limited
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget400 crore[1]

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Sangamithra is an unproduced Indian trilingual epic action film directed by Sundar C, who also co-wrote the script with Subha and produced by N. Ramasamy and Hema Rukmani of Thenandal Studio Limited. It stars Jayam Ravi, Arya and Disha Patani in lead roles and featured music composed by A. R. Rahman, whereas cinematography for the film is handled by Tirru.

Sundar C. scripted the film in early 2016 and had planned to shoot the film in India and other foreign countries, in order to have a universal appeal. Though announcing prominent crew members as a part of the project, Sundar had decided to rope in performing actors rather than stars, as the script demands. The film was officially announced on December that year, with Jayam Ravi and Arya, with Shruti Haasan who initially signed the project was replaced by Disha Patani after Haasan opted out of the film due to schedule conflicts.

Touted to be the most expensive film to be produced in Asia, the film had a proposed budget of ₹400 crores.[1] The film was launched at the 70th Cannes Film Festival on May 2017, with the entire cast and crew attending the opening ceremony event and the posters were also released at the event. However, despite extensive pre-production works, the film did not begin production following the financial troubles faced by the production studio, resulting the company shelving all of their productions announced in future.

Premise[edit]

Set in the 8th century A.D., Sangamithra is the story of an Indian Princess and the trials and tribulations she undergoes so as to save her kingdom.

Cast[edit]

  • Jayam Ravi
  • Arya
  • Disha Patani

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

During the production of Muthina Kathirika, Sundar C. who starred in the lead, simultaneously worked on a historical fiction film for a year titled Sangamithra, calling it as one of his " most ambitious project".[2] He further had announced that "the film will be on the lines of Magadheera and Baahubali franchise and will be shot as a trilingual film, spanning Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages".[3] Sundar had completed the script within July 2016 and worked on the concept designing process, with the film being shot in eleven countries including India, United States, Denmark, Ukraine and Iran, in order to have an international flavour.[4] The technical crew of the film comprises of A. R. Rahman as the music director,[5] Sudeep Chatterjee as the director of cinematography,[6] Sabu Cyril as the production designer, Resul Pookutty as the sound designer, Anju Modi as the costume designer and Kamalakannan as the visual effects supervisor.[4] According to Sundar: "as the story of the film is happening in multiple countries, the team needed some of the finest technicians due to its grandeur and intricacies".[4] In a turn of events, Sudeep opted out of the project citing his schedule being conflicted with Padmavati,[7] and was replaced by Tirru as the cinematographer.[8]

Development[edit]

On 28 December 2016, Sri Thenandal Films had announced the project officially under the title Sangamithra, confirming Jayam Ravi and Arya as the leads and music director A. R. Rahman on board.[9] The sources claimed that this film will be costliest films ever made in Asia, surpassing the budgets of Baahubali and Enthiran franchise,[10] with a report from The Times of India said that it will be "Kollywood's answer to the Telugu superhit Baahubali".[11] The film was touted to be the 100th and the most expensive production of Thenandal Films, as the company had made medium-budget films ever since its inception in the 1980s.[12] However, Hema Rukmani, the CEO of Thenandal Films announced Mersal as their 100th production of their company, instead of Sangamithra and renamed the production company to Thenandal Studio Limited.[13] The film was announced the 70th Cannes Film Festival held on 17–28 May 2017,[14] the entire cast and crew attended the opening night of the event,[15][16] and the posters of the film were also released on the opening ceremony.[17] Sundar C had explained that "The idea is to bring to the world a sweeping view of the richness and achievements of Indian culture and history. Most Western films shot in India focus on slums and poverty. That is only 5 per cent of India. My film will celebrate the other side of India and will take South Indian cinema to a global level, which is why we used this festival as a platform".[18] The same month, writer duo Subha (Suresh and Balakrishnan) announced their association in the project.[19] Sundar C. hired Coimbatore-based concept and visual development artist Vishwanath Sundaram after his work in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and 2.0 received acclaim.[20]

Casting[edit]

When Suriya and Mahesh Babu were rumoured to play the leading roles for the film,[21] Sundar C. refuted the claims saying that: "we had not started the casting process as of now, and in all probability, the script demands performing actors rather than stars".[4] Sundar further approached Vijay to play the lead and the latter had accept the script but since the film demanded a 250-day schedule,[22] Vijay politely refused the offer citing that he could not spend an entire year for the script.[23][24] In late-August 2016, Jayam Ravi was reported to play the lead role for the project,[25] and Arya was also confirmed for the second lead, the following month.[26][27] The makers approached a leading Bollywood actress for the titular character, with Deepika Padukone being in talks on September 2016,[28][29] but however refused the offer citing date issues,[30] and negotiations with Sonakshi Sinha also went unsuccessful.[31]

In February 2017, Shruti Haasan was approached to play the female lead, the titular character Sangamithra and alloted bulk dates for the film.[32][33] For her role, the actress hired London-based physical trainer Tim Klotz in order to reduce weight and get more agile to perform stunt sequences".[34] She also learned sword fighting in the acting workshop, which started with basic movements and manoeuvres and then progressed to learning the aspect of precision and physical agility. Her lessons also include mind mapping techniques known by professional sword fighters.[35] She revealed that it is an "opportunity to attempt something she hasn't done so far and the role is considered to be challenging".[36][37] However, on late-May 2017, Shruti Haasan announced her exit from the project citing call sheet issues and her commitments in other projects.[38][39] Shruti's spokesperson issued a statement claimed that she had not received a proper bound script or a proper date calendar.[40] In October 2017, Disha Patani was confirmed playing the female lead, in what would have been her debut in Tamil cinema.[41] She learnt sword-fighting with the trainer Tim Klotz who personally trained Shruti Haasan when she was announced as the lead, although she was familiar with martial arts when she was trained for her role in the Hollywood film Kung Fu Yoga.[42][43]

Delays[edit]

The film's production was reported to take place on November 2016 with a song shoot, but was delayed due to the extensive pre-production schedule and casting process.[26] Furthermore, Hema Rukmani of Thenandal Films prioritised on the production works of Mersal,[44] their 100th project and Shruti Haasan's exit prompted the makers to halt the film temporarily.[45] Eventually, Jayam Ravi signed his next untitled project with I. Ahmed before this schedule,[46] while Sundar C. began shooting for Kalakalappu 2, the sequel of his 2012 film Kalakalappu, before starting the film.[47] However, the actors Ravi, Arya and Disha prepared intensively for their roles in the film as the production house decided to start the shoot within December 2017,[48] which did not happen due to Disha's acting commitments in Bollywood.[49] Following the release of Vijay-starrer Mersal, the production house had to file for bankruptcy due to the high production costs involved, despite the film being a commercial success.[50][not in citation given] The social media propaganda loss of this film amounts to an approximate ₹60 crore.[50] The financial tussles faced by the company, led the production house to stall all of their projects announced after the release of Mersal.[51][52] Initially the filmmakers planned to start production on July–August 2018, but the team could not progress shooting further after the producer's financial problems.[53] In a December 2019 interview, Sundar C. revealed that he had planned to quit direction after Sangamithra and further said that he had faced financial losses due to the film and opined that he could have made 10-15 films at the same time.[54]

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