‘Koozhangal’ Producer’s Next Venture titled ‘JAMA’ An Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja Musical Filmmaker Pari Elavazhagan Directorial


Films that endorse the native and aesthetics of Art forms have garnered global recognition. Over the years, such movies have touched the hearts of audiences beyond the countries and languages. Significantly, Learn & Teach Productions, which created a beautiful masterpiece titled ‘Koozhangal’, is ready to enthrall the cinephiles with yet another realistic drama titled ‘Jama’, which revolves around the lifestyle, and challenges of ‘Theru Koothu’ (Street play) artists in Tamil Nadu. The film is directed by Pari Elavazhagan, who has played the lead role as well.

He explains that the film is centred around the traditional and aesthetic culture of Theru Koothu in Tamil Nadu. The title ‘Jama’ represents a group of street play artists, and the story focuses on their experiences in Thiruvannamalai. Specifically, it depicts male artists disguising as women for the sake of this art during the play, delving into the emotional and internal changes they undergo, and the challenges they face in society. The culture of Theru Koothu is predominantly observed in Thiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi, Vilippuram, and a few other places, but the film concentrates on the former. ‘

Jama’ is produced by Sai Devanand of Learn and Teach Productions, known for producing the critically acclaimed ‘Koozhangal’. The entire film was shot in a single 35-day schedule. To ensure authenticity, real-life street play artists were involved and given rehearsals before shooting began. Renowned artist Kalaimamani Thangal Sekar mentored the actors to deliver realistic performances. The film aims for naturalness, even at the insistence of music composer Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, who discouraged exaggeration in the songs and used authentic Theru Koothu music. This marks his return to composing music in this genre after ‘Avatharam’. The team is excited to showcase his unparalleled music in this film.

Pari Elavazhagan is directing this film and is playing the lead role. The others in the star cast include Chetan, Ammu Abhirami, Sri Krishna Dayal, K.V.N. Manimegalai, Kaala Kumar, Vasanth Marimuthu, Siva Maran, and many others. Gopal Krishna is handling cinematography, and Partha M.A. is the editor and Srikanth Gopal is the art director for this film. The others in the technical crew include A.M. Senthamizhan (Sound Design), Abinanthini (Costume Designing), Thandora Chandru (Publicity Designs), Suresh Chandra, Abdul A. Nasser (Public Relations), Nanal Naresh (Production Executive), Srinivasan (Production Manager), Prakash (Executive Producer) and many others.