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Avan Ivan
Directed by Bala
Produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram
Written by Bala
S. Ramakrishnan
Starring Arya
Janani Iyer
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Arthur A. Wilson
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio AGS Entertainment
Release date(s) 2010
Country  India
Language Tamil

Avan Ivan is a forthcoming Indian Tamil comedy film written and directed by Bala, who with this project, directs his fifth feature film. It stars Arya, Vishal and newcomer Janani Iyer in the lead roles [1] and features music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Arthur A. Wilson and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.[2] The film, produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram's AGS Entertainment, is currently in its production stage and expected to release by late 2010.






After finishing and releasing his magnum opus Naan Kadavul in February 2009, Bala, whose previous feature films had all been films dealing with dark themes, announced that he will be moving away from such films and his next project will be a full-length light-hearted comedy film and was working on its script in the following months, whilst declaring that it will be a double hero subject. Allegedly Bala had come to this decision, since his earlier films, despite receiving critical acclaim, garnered poor or only average box office returns.[3]

Though initially Soundarya Rajinikanth's Ocher Studios were reported to be the producer of the film,[4] Kalpathi S. Agoram finally took up the project and decided to produce it under the banner of AGS Entertainment. On 25 January 2010 an official press meet was held, where the film's official title was finally revealed and the film's lead female actress and well as the technicians were announced, with which the project official commenced.[5] Bala has also disclosed that the film will be completed within eight months of time and be ready for a release in late 2010.


For the lead roles, several actors from the Tamil film industry were considered. Surya and his brother Karthi, Jeeva and his brother Githan Ramesh were considered for the two lead roles,[6][7] which were at last bagged by Arya, renewing his association with Bala after Naan Kadavul, and Vishal Krishna.

For the lead female role, Bala and his close associates had travelled across entire Tamil Nadu, searching for the perfect one, who should be preferably a new face and fluent in Tamil language. In late November 2009 in association with, there was conducted even a "heroine hunting" through the Internet, where girls, who were 18 year old and could understand Tamil, could apply for the role.[8] In November 2009, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, daughter of actor Sarath Kumar, who was supposed to debut in a film called Podaa Podi alongside Silambarasan Rajendar that got shelved, was reportedly roped in for the role.[9] However, at the official press meet in late January 2009, it turned out that another newcomer Janani Iyer, a Tamil model, was confirmed for the role, replacing Varalakshmi. Apart from Janani, there will be a second lead female role, for which Bala is still searching for a suitable actress.[10] Reports also indicated that Pooja Umashankar, who was already part of Bala's Naan Kadavul, might enact an important role in the film.

Further more, Yuvan Shankar Raja was announced to be the music director of the film, joining Bala once again after the successful Nandha in 2003. About replacing his usual music director Ilaiyaraaja by his son, Bala said that since it was a youth-centric film, Yuvan Shankar Raja can "bring the right feel".[11] Meanwhile, National Film Award-winning A. Sreekar Prasad was roped in as the film's editor and Arthur A. Wilson remained the cinematographer.


Bala, whose films usually take several years to get completed and released, disclosed that this film, however, would be finished in eight months time.[12] The film's shooting will start on 10 February 2010 in Thenkasi and Shenkottah and will be completed in two schedules.[13]



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