Producer Manirathnam’s Ravanan!!
Much before Manirathnam the maker made Ravanan, producer Manirathnam had delivered a Superhit version of Ravana in the 1995 flick Aasai, helmed by Vasanth. The film was beautifully elevated by the stunning performance of #Prakashraj as Madhavan, an army officer who lusts over his wife’s sister, and goes to extreme extents to get her. The way the scheming Madhavan depicts Jeeva as a villain, mercilessly killing a puppy and also harming his own child ,the lust that drives him to even murder his wife Ganga, and friend Hariharan played by Nizhalgal Ravi, were naturally portrayed by Prakashraj, and is one of the best Performances of his career. Besides the movie had a good romantic track between #Ajith and Suvalakshmi, and awesome numbers by Deva (Pulveli, Konja Naal, Meenamma).
▶ The lead role Jeeva was initially offered to #Surya, but later Ajithkumar was roped in. Much later, Surya incidentally made his debut in another Vasanth venture and a Manirathnam production Nerukku Ner, in which Ajithkumar was replaced by Surya!!
▶Suvalakshmi who was identified and cast by Satyajit Ray in his Uttoran(written by Satyajit Ray and directed by his son Sandip Ray), made her Tamil debut in the movie.
▶ Actor Suresh dubbed for Ajithkumar.
▶ Aasai was cinematographer Jeeva’s 3rd Tamil movie, following the #Shankar hits Gentleman and Kadhalan.
▶ Director/Actor SJSurya worked as an assistant director in Aasai ,besides making an appearance in the movie. He later debuted as a director with the Ajithkumar starrer blockbuster Vaalee (1999).
▶ The film won Tamilnadu state film awards for Vasanth, music director Deva and singer Hariharan (Konja Naal poru Thalaiva).
▶ Aasai was remade in Bollywood with Rajesh Khanna and Mohnish Bahl as Pyaar Zindagi Hai in 2001.
▶ Aasai was a critical and commercial success, and ran for more than 100 days in many theaters, and was the first big hit for Ajith, who was then titled Aasai Nayagan post the success, much before “Ultimate Star” and “Thala” came in.