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Kodambakkam’s newfound obsession for beggars
It may sound strange and even disgusting, but it is true. Kodambakkam is running short of beggars. No folks, we are not trying to make you read between lines.

Few of the upcoming projects in the pipeline are based on the life of beggars. In the films like Tamil M .A., Naan Kadavul, and Nandalala, the protagonists live amidst vagabonds and lead a very miserable existence.

Since the directors yearn to add a dash of reality to their movies, they are hesitant to use the junior artists to portray the role of beggars. Jeeva is playing the role of a young man who lives in the company of beggars in ‘Tamil M.A’. No less than forty real life beggars are being utilized for the shoots and the assistant directors set out on a journey early in the morning to pick enough of them for a particular day’s shoots

Bhavana plays the role of a visually impaired girl living among the beggars in Bala’s Naan Kadavul. Bala – the perfectionist that he is – uses real time beggars for his Naan Kadavul. As everyone knows Bala has a penchant for bringing the real life situation in front of the audience’s eye. This was evident in Sethu where he brought alive the scenes in mental asylum. It surely shook the weak hearts. Similar is the case with Pithamagan too. Bala for one believes firmly in authenticity and it comes as no surprise when his assistants scout for mendicants in the streets. Of course all these troubles fade away the moment they hear the intoxicating claps from the audience.

Bhavana & Aarya

Chitthiram Paesudadi Mishkin’s next project – a Ravikrishna starrer - Nandalala is about people who live in the footpath, the peddlers in the platforms, and beggars. His assistants hunt for people in and around Pondy bazaar and T.Nagar who make a life out of living by begging, and selling things in the platform. An agent stated that it benefits the producers. They do not have to spend money for make up and costumes when they cast real time beggars on screen. These days the streets show a considerable decline in the number of beggars, thanks to Kodambakkam, he added.

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