Magazine article Screen International

'Dheepan' Duo to Reunite in Tamil-Language Film

Magazine article Screen International

'Dheepan' Duo to Reunite in Tamil-Language Film

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The two stars of Jacques Audiard's Dheepan are to reunite on screen for a Tamil-language feature, written and directed by Arun Karthick.

Antonythasan Jesuthasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan revealed their involvement in the upcoming film to ScreenDaily at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where Palme d'Or winner Dheepan played to a packed audience at the city's Open Air cinema on Saturday (Aug 15).

The film, titled Aasai Mugam (literal translation Dearest Face), centres on two brothers at war over their ancestral farmland at the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India.

The story is set against the backdrop of brick manufacturers, who pay handsomely to lease agricultural land to mine sand, and cause rifts between families consumed by greed and jealousy.

Jesuthasan, who plays the title character in Dheepan and is also known by pen name Shobasakthi, said Aasai Mugam would be filmed over three months from November in the Coimbatore region of southern India.

He will play one of the brothers, Babu, who returns to his village after more than 20 years only to be refused a share of his ancestral home by his bother Suresh.

Babu becomes involves in cockfighting and finds an ally in Kali, an independent woman who owns a farm adjacent to his land, who will be played by Srinivasan. …

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