Andha 7 Naatkal was Chandrababu’s own story, claims Bhagyaraj

Known as ‘King’ of screenplay writing in Tamil films, writer-director-actor K. Bhagyaraj is a great orator. Whenever he takes part in audio and film launches, his speech is often heard with rapt attention.

He didn’t disappoint the audience who had assembled at the recent audio launch of the film Chaplin Samanthi. The film is an emotional story which chronicles the fictitious bonding between Charlie Chaplin, the ‘emperor’ of slapstick comedy and a girl from a remote village.

The event was held at Fame National at Virugambakkam on the outskirts of Chennai. After releasing the audio cassettes and CDs of the film, Bhagyaraj was into his elements when he took the mike. “When director Prakash invited me to this function, he narrated the film’s story to me. To be frank, I felt ‘greedy’ about the script and cursed myself for not having thought on those lines so far in my film-making career.

“In my experience, I have found that filming real-life stories would create a deeper impact on the viewers and fans. We ought to develop the habit of keenly observing those around us and the changes taking place in their day-to-day lives. Few people are aware that one of my most-celebrated films, Andha 7 Naatkal, was actually based on what really happened in yesteryear’s comedian Chandrababu’s life.

“Chandrababu, who came to know of his wife’s love affair with a person whom she was madly in love with, sent her off to her lover’s place on the very first night of their lives. I used the incident as the main theme of the film which became a super-duper hit. Likewise, I earnestly hope that the script of the film, based on the life of the legendary Chaplin, would go on to become a huge hit,” concluded Bhagyaraj.

Those who attended the event included producer R.B. Choudhary, directors Jananathan, Balaji Sakthivel, Sasi, Karu Pazhaniyappan, S.S. Stanley and Balasekaran.

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