Kodiesvaran (English: Millionaire) is a shelved high budget Tamil film which was directed by debutant Nandakumar and produced by K. T. Kunjumon. The film stars the producers son, Eby Kunjumon, alongside Simran Bagga with guest appearances from Karisma Kapoor, Jayaprada and S. P Balasubramanyam. After starting the project in 1996, the producer had run into financial problems and thus despite heavy promotions prior the release, the film was never completed. The producer recently pledged to release the film in 2009 but to no avail.
The film originally announced in 1996, didnt start till late 1997. To generate publicity, the music was released as were the trailers in 1998, aiming for a Diwali 1998 release, which eventually became too soon due to post-production. The film, which was continuously becoming further long-delayed was given the release date of 26 January 1999, which it also failed to meet. Recent reports suggest that the film, is set to be revived and will release next in 2010.
Initially, K. T. Kunjumon chose to have Abbas in the lead role following their successful collboration in Kadhal Desam, however due to call sheet problems this never took off. Subsequently, Kunjumon entered his son, Eby Kunjumon, only eighteen years old at the time to take the lead role pairing him with Simran Bagga as well as in a dance number with Karisma Kapoor. Prior to Simrans selection, Jyothika and Tanisha were considered for the role. Furthermore Jayaprada, Balasubramanyam, Raghuvaran, Senthil, Vadivelu, Girish Karnad, Cochin Hanifa, Ambika, Latha and Sukumari are in the cast.
Kodiesvaran has story by Kunjumon himself, with music by Agosh, cinematography by Jayanan Vincent, lyrics by Vairamuthu, choreography by Raju Sundaram and Tharun Kumar, stunt direction by Vikram Dharma and special effects by Venky.
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