On April 15th 2013 (https://tcrcindia.com/2013/04/15/rare-production-stills-from-mani-ratnams-thalapathi/) we had posted the following contact sheet and mentioned that it was the ‘look’ test for the Maniratnam film Thalapathi. But we recently got information from a reliable source that it was in fact a test shoot for ‘Iruvar’. We have no further information regarding this test shoot.
Iruvar was finally cast with Mohanlal and Prakash Raj starring in the film. It was also the debut film for Aishwarya Rai who had just won the Miss World title. Below is a song from the film sung by Unnikrishnan and by Oscar nominee Bombay Jayashri. This arguably could be the first song that Bombay Jayashri sang for films.
Last week, we at TCRC had posted Arul Mani’s review of Baradwaj Rangan’s “Conversations with Mani Ratnam” and had promised to bring you some behind-the-scenes photos of the Rajnikanth-Mammootty starrer “Thalapathi.” So, here we go.
Cinematographer Santosh Sivan with director Mani Ratnam on the sets of “Thalapathi.”
Contact sheet featuring Mamootty’s look test for Mani Ratnam’s “Thalapathi.”
Rajnikanth in an action sequence from Mani Ratnam’s “Thalapathi.”
Mani Ratnam with Rajnikanth on the sets of “Thalapathi.” Photo Courtesy: Indian Express Archives
Today, we revisit Arul Mani’s rather balanced review of Baradwaj Rangan’s book “Conversations with Mani Ratnam” for Tehelka (click on the image to read the full story).
We at TCRC happen to have, in our archives, contact sheets of Mammootty’s look tests for Mani Ratnam’s “Thalapathi.” We’re working on digitizing this absolutely gorgeous piece of film memorabilia, which also features director Mani Ratnam and cinematographer Santosh Sivan in some candid shots. So, do watch this space for updates!