It was reported in these columns some days back that Vishal’s next film film has been titled as Kathakali and would be having Catherine Tresa (of Madras & Rudhramadevi fame) as his heroine. Pandiraj, the national award-winning director Pasanga, is the film’s director.
Despite starring in a hugely successful and critically appreciated film like Madras, offers are no pouring in at Catherine Tresa’s feet. In fact, more than a year after the release of Madras, she has only been signed up to star in Kathakali. Her recent hit film Rudhramadevi in which she shares screen-space with many heroines, was launched many years back.
The shoot of Kathakali, produced jointly by Pandiraj’s Pasanga Productions and Vishal’s Vidhal Film Factory, got underway recently. Pandiraj, who makes script-oriented films rather than hero-centric films, reportedly pulled up Catherine Tresa for arriving at the shooting spot with a heavy dose of make-up as he had earlier told her clearly not to apply too much make-up for her character in the film.
Despite Pandiraj conveying to Catherine through his assistant directors to come for the shoot with minimum make-up or sans it, Catherine arrived with a heavy make-up and was pulled up by Pandiraj in the presence of crew members and technicians. Shocked at getting pulled up, Catherine realized her folly and is now said to be shooting sans any make-up.