K V Anand seems to be a man of few films. In the past 6 years he has ventured into direction, Anand has only directed 3 movies. The much anticipated Ko, being released this weekend being his third. Anand is known for his meticulous research on his subject and crafting his movies with a visual artist’s eye, thanks to his multi-award winning cinematography background in many regional languages and Hindi. With Ko he attempts to tell the insider story of photo journalists and their day-to-day toil with their work in the quest of meeting deadlines while staying true to their conscience.
For the inspired perfectionist he is, Anand recently called for amateur photographers on twitter to send in their works. Anand’s idea is to use them in the title card of the movie. Anand also assured them that their works will be credited. That’s just one aspect of his meticulousness known to the world in the making of Ko.
As a prelude to Ko’s release, its music, scored by Harris Jayaraj, released recently is topping the charts in Chennai and elsewhere. Harris and Anand reportedly flew to Macau for scoring the film’s music. Music programs in Tamil FM channels all over are hogging Ko’s music for a while now. Harris’ slowly-grows-on-you music has six tracks and at least two of them (Ennamo Aedho and Venpaniye) have already become hits.
Ko underwent a few cast changes before it was launched. After Anand’s success with Suriya in Ayan, it was said that Karthi will be working with Anand for Ko. Those rumors remained rumors at best and Simbu was offered the role. For reasons unknown to the public eye, Simbu walked out of the movie and the role finally went to the talented Jiiva. Tamannah was supposed to be cast alongside the lead hero but she was given an elbow and Radha’s daughter Karthika barged in. Although she’s new to Tamil, she has debuted in Malayalam (Makaramanju) and Telugu (Josh opposite Naga Chaitanya). She will be hoping to recreate the legacy left behind by her successful mother Radha.
Ko’s crisply cut trailer gives emphasis on Jiiva’s ordinary life as a photo journalist and his crossing paths with the powerful Prakashraj, who is in his usual sinister self. The beautiful Karthika Nair keeps Jiiva company for romance while Jiiva tackles the comings and goings of his eventful life.
Ko is releasing this weekend, April 22, all over in Tamil and in Telugu as Rangam.