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Kamal Haasan congratulates team Sembi, calls Kovai Sarala 'Nadippin Ratchasi'

Sembi, directed by Prabhu Solomon, has music by Nivas K Prasanna and cinematography by Jeevan. 

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Last Updated: 07.14 PM, Jun 15, 2022

Kamal Haasan congratulates team Sembi, calls Kovai Sarala 'Nadippin Ratchasi'
Kamal Haasan and Kovai Sarala

Kamal Haasan watched the trailer of Sembi and congratulated the entire team, including Kovai Sarala, who has played a key role in the film, directed by Prabhu Solomon of Myna fame. The development happened when team Sembi had gone to meet the actor-politician to congratulate him on the success of Lokesh Kanagaraj's action thriller, Vikram. 

Kamal Haasan lauded his Sathi Leelavathi co-star Kovai Sarala, by calling her a 'Nadippin Ratchasi' (that roughly translates into a monster when it comes to acting).

Those who were present during the meeting included filmmaker Prabhu Solomon, Kovai Sarala, and Ashwin (who plays the lead), besides producers of Sembi, Trident Arts' R Ravindran, and AR Entertainment's Riya and auditor Akbar Ali.

"We are so happy that Kamal sir appreciated our attempt. We are hopeful of the film getting a good response," team Sembi added. 

Sembi, also featuring Thambi Ramaiah, and a 10-year-old child actor named Nila will hit the screens soon. 

The story revolves around a bus and its 24 passengers. According to Prabhu Solomon, "Sembi is a travelogue and will focus more on the adventures of 24 characters as they travel from Kodaikanal to Dindigul. The film has happier moments, pathos and everything."

The USP of Sembi, Prabhu informs, is that Kovai Sarala will be seen in an out-and-out serious role. "She is playing a 70-year-old woman. The unique thing about the film is that it has no hero or heroine; every character has an equal screen space."

Sembi was shot predominantly inside an old bus. “It’s a 1985 model. Driving it in a hill station was not easy. We couldn't shoot in it for more than three hours continuously. We had to place the rigs inside this cramped space and create camera movement and design action blocks. The weather, too, was changing rapidly; one moment, there were clear skies and the next moment, it would be cloudy."

Jointly produced by Trident Arts and AR Entertainment, Sembi has music by Nivas K Prasanna and cinematography by Jeevan. 

Prabhu Solomon's latest theatrical outing was the trilingual Kaadan (Aranya, Haathi Mere Saathi). He is also said to have completed the shooting of Kumki 2.