(This article is authored by Alar)
Fahadh Faasil himself seems to be aware of the controversy surrounding his character Rathnavelu from Mari Selvaraj's Mamannan. Recently, he changed his social media cover picture hours after posting it. The picture featured him as Rathnavelu from the film. However, he faced backlash from some activists who accused him of promoting caste pride and hatred. Fahadh Faasil then removed the picture and replaced it with another one.
What made Mari Selvaraj choose him as the villain of his film? In a recent interview with Film Companion, Mari Selvaraj revealed the reason behind his casting decision. Mari Selvaraj said that he was impressed by Fahadh Faasil’s admiration for cinema. He said that Fahadh Faasil is an actor who waits to get good roles and does not accept every offer that comes his way. He said that Fahadh Faasil watches Tamil films regularly and follows the work of good directors.
Mari Selvaraj also said that he felt comfortable working with Fahadh Faasil when they first met. He said that they had a good rapport and understanding. He said that Fahadh Faasil was very cooperative and supportive during the shooting of the film.
Mari Selvaraj also shared an interesting anecdote about how AR Rahman, who composed the music for the film, reacted to Fahadh Faasil’s performance. He said “After watching Maamannan, Rahman sir noted how Faasil’s performance was so daunting, and one of his darkest roles to date. He said he was scared and shocked to see him as Rathnavelu in the film,”
The OTT release of ‘Maamannan’, a political thriller directed by Mari Selvaraj, has sparked a debate on social media. The film, which stars Udhayanidhi Stalin, Vadivelu, Keerthy Suresh and Fahadh Faasil in lead roles, revolves around casteism and oppression in Tamil Nadu. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was widely appreciated by the audience for its powerful performances and message.
Rathnavelu, played by Fahadh Faasil. Rathnavelu is a casteist politician who wants to preserve his family’s legacy and power. He is the antagonist of the film, who clashes with Maamannan (Vadivelu), a lower-caste MLA who fights for justice and equality.