While speaking at the Bommalattam press meet, Bharathi Raja declared that all his films are based on fiction and Bommalattam is his first film based on a true incident. He revealed that Bommalattam is entirely based on an incident that took place in Hampi.
According to this legendary director, climax is the film’s strength and no one can even guess it! Bharathi Raja also said that though this is an action thriller, there is no trace of violence in the film. He recalled how he gave Kollywood a crime thriller about a psycho killer without showing any gory murder scenes.
Also, he recalled how he once rejected Arjun when he approached him for a role! He said that Arjun had the perfect build of an action hero and would not suit his stories. But now he has matured into a balanced actor. Pointing out the subtlety in his acting, he said that when when we watch Arjun, we never realize that he is acting – he blends in perfectly! He also added that out of all the performances Arjun had given so far, his role in Bommalattam is possibly the best.
About selecting Arjun for Bommalattam, he said that Arjun was the first choice for the protagonist and he could not even imagine someone else in the role. That renowned Bollywood actor Nana Patekar asked how Bharathi Raja was able to get such a perfect actor for the lead role testifies Bharathi Raja’s intuition and judgment.