|Directed by||Thiagarajan Kumararaja|
|Produced by||SPB Charan|
|Written by||Thiagarajan Kumararaja|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Cinematography||P. S. Vinodh|
|Editing by||Praveen KL
|Studio||Capital Film Works|
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Aaranya Kaandam (Tamil: ஆரண்ய காண்டம் ; English: Jungle chapter) is a forthcoming Indian Tamil film, written and directed by newcomer Thiagarajan Kumararaja, that stars Jackie Shroff, making his acting debut in the Tamil film industry, Ravi Krishna, Sampath Raj and newcomer,Yasmin Ponappa, a Bangalore-based-model, in the lead roles. Produced by SPB Charan under his banner Capital Film Works, the film, launched on 18 December 2008, has music scored by Charan's "ever-reliable" music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film is currently in its filming stage and will be released in 2010.
After producing and releasing the Tamil film Chennai 600028, that went to become highly successful at the box office, turning out to be the summer hit of 2007, reports suggested in August 2007, that producer S. P. B. Charan's next production venture will be a film titled Achamundu Achamundu, starring Sneha and Prasanna. However, when, due to several reasons, he couldn't produce that film, he instead opted to produce a film titled Aranya Kandam, directed by a newcomer Kumar Raja and starring newcomers. After the announcement, however, no more news regarding this film came out, before reports claimed and confirmed, that Charan instead started producing the film Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum in May 2008.
In late 2008 then, while Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum was nearing completion, it was reported, that famous Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff will be making his debut in the Tamil film industry by starring in a film titled Aaranya Kaandam, produced by S. P. Charan and to be directed by a newcomer Thiagarajan Kumararaja, indicating, that it is the same film, which was announced and dropped nearly one-and-a-half years ago. It was also revealed, that the director Thiagarajan Kumararaja, a former Loyola College student, was a popular advertisement filmmaker, who has also directed several short films, including the short film Becky, which was awarded the first prize at the one-minute film competition 60 Seconds to Fame, and had written the dialogues for the 2007 comedy film Oram Po as well. Kumararaja got the opportunity to work with producer S. P. B. Charan, when Pushkar-Gayathri, the director duo of Oram Po, had suggested him to approach Charan, who listened to the storyline and immediately agreed to produce the film, "in a matter of time" as Kumararaja cites.
When announcing the film, Kumararaja had already roped in Jackie Shroff, debuting in the Tamil film industry, Ravi Krishna, Sampath Raj of Saroja fame along with Somasundaram from the Chennai based theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai. Shroff is said to play the role of a "hoodlum", who was chosen after Kumararaja had apporached several other Tamil actors, who refused the offer, fearing of their "image". According to the director, the role required a senior person and Shroff would fit the role "completely". Ravi Krishna plays a "lover boy", whose role, he claims would be totally different from his earlier roles. Ravi Krishna was Kumararaja's first choice for the character as he had written it with keeping Ravi Krishna in mind. Sampath Raj enacts the role of a gangster named Pasupathy. The role of the lead female character was later given to Yasmin Ponappa, a popular Bangalore based model, who has appeared in television advertisements and won many beauty pageants. Her role was, however, written for Pooja Umashankar, keeping her in mind, who couldn't take up this role as she had given her dates to Bala's magnum opus Naan Kadavul and hence Ponappa got the offer, which she immediately agreed with.
The details about the crew members were also published, when the film was announced in early December. Yuvan Shankar Raja was signed as the music director, who was working on a Gangster film again after the likes of Pattiyal and Pudhupettai. Kumararaja divulged that he actually hadn't anyone in mind and had no specific reason for choosing Yuvan Shankar Raja as the composer, but joined with him, after producer Charan had suggested him, who share a "good working relationship". P. S. Vinod was chosen as the cinematographer, who had earlier shot films like Musafir and My Wife's Murder, while Videsh was announced as the art director, 'Super' Subbarayan as the stunt master and Kalyan and Ajay Raj as the choreographers.