One of Sridevi's earlier films, the iconic 16 Vayathinile will hit the screens of Southern India once again. The digitally remastered version is coming soon - the trailer to release tomorrow! With co-stars Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth (looking alarmingly pink in the above snap!) who are bigger than ever-before, will be interesting to see how this plays out at the box-office as three icons of Tamil cinema reunite on screen again.
UPDATE: At the trailer launch, sadly, Sridevi didn't attend but superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth did.
He might have missed the trailer launch of Ninaithale Inikkum, but Rajinikanth made up for it by turning up for the trailer launch of the 1977 film 16 Vayathinile, in which he shared screen space with Kamal Haasan.
The Superstar went on a nostalgic trip when talking at the event. "During the shoot, no one would talk to me, as I was a relative newcomer. It was Kamal, to whom the production people went, to have a chat," he said. Praising the film's producer Rajkannu, he said, "When Rajkannu met me about re-releasing 16 Vayathinile a few months back, he told me that we should give away the collections to Kamal, who was at that time having difficulties in releasing Vishwaroopam. It is difficult to find such persons in our film industry."
Kamal, meanwhile, spoke on how the film had to overcome a number of odds to get released. "The majority of comments that we got when making the film was that it would flop. In fact, when I was driving from the studio, a person riding a bike came up to me and said that the film will tank," he said. On the difficulties the crew faced during production, he said, "When we shot the scene of Mayilu running in slow motion, we did not have the budget to afford a camera that could shoot slow motion scenes. So, Sridevi literally ran in slow motion."
Talking about his relationship with Rajinikanth, Kamal said that it was remarkable that their friendship has withstood the test of time despite several people trying to drive a wedge between the two. Director Bharathirajaa revealed that Rajini told Sridevi to spit on him for real in the scene in which Mayilu spits on the face of Parattai. "It was taking several takes to shoot the scene and finally, Rajini went to Sridevi and told her to go ahead and spit for real. Such was his dedication," he remarked.
The film is due for re-release on Oct 17, 2013.