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When 'MAAYAVAN' director was held at gunpoint

His name invokes an instant connect with quality, trendsetting Tamil cinema. Producer C V KUMAR of Thirukumaran Entertainment is known for his keen script sense and discovering an exceptional talent pool of fresh actors and technicians in Tamil films, most of whom have made it big subsequently. Now the producer, known for films like Pizza,Soodhu Kavvum, Mundasupatti and Iraivi amongst others, has stepped into direction with his debut film Maayavan. The film stars Sundeep Kishan and Lavanya with Jackie Shroff from Bollywood playing a key role in his third Tamil flick. The shoot is complete and the first look poster was released on Thursday evening by Southern star Hansika Motwani on Twitter. Within minutes of its release, the hashtag #Maayavan started trending on the micro blogging site. Compliments on the intriguing first look of the film came pouring in from the industry as well as the twitteratti. For the first time director, it was a shot in the arm for a project kept largely under wraps so far.

When 'MAAYAVAN' director was held at gunpoint

Touted to be a thriller with a science-fiction angle to it, Kumar managed to elicit the interest of Bollywood veteran Jackie Shroff to venture into his third Tamil film, solely due to the story and his characterisation. Maayavan has now reached the dubbing stage and CV Kumar is aiming for a September release. In an exclusive chat with the filmmaker, we discover how hectic the schedule has been with some real-life drama happening at mid sea.

Kumar recalls an harrowing experience during the shoot when he came face to face with a gun aimed at him for the first time. Says Kumar, “We had to shoot an important scene with the lead cast of Sundeep and Lavanya, in the high seas. We got the required permission from the authorities and travelled more than 10 kms into the sea in two boats off the Chennai coast. I was with my crew and cameraman Gopi Amarnath when suddenly something unforeseen happened!”

When 'MAAYAVAN' director was held at gunpoint

Shuddering at the memory, Kumar continues, “We were all busy canning our shots when suddenly we noticed two huge ships bearing down upon us. Within seconds, we saw movement in the ships, which had surrounded us by now. It was the Coast Guard on patrol duty. They then shouted at us to drop whatever we were doing and came on board wielding guns and asking who we were and what we were doing so far at sea. We all had to hold up our hands and be absolutely still. For the first time in my life, I actually faced a gun pointed at my head and that too at such close quarters! We were all absolutely terrified! You can imagine our small boats crowded with armed officers shouting at us while we were totally terrified and at a complete loss to understand what we had done wrong. When the officers calmed down and allowed us to talk, we showed them our permission papers and explained we were shooting a film. When they were satisfied they explained that there was a 45-day ban for fisherman and boats in that area. So when they had spotted us, they were suspicious about boat movements so far at sea. After they left, we continued our shoot but it was a harrowing experience which I will never forget!”

Maayavan will be a thriller with action and drama and it looks like it’s debut director got a taste of it in real life!