The event was attended by veteran director
Balachander, Ramanarayanan, Sivasakthi Pandiyan,
producer Srinivasan, FEPSI Vijayan, and
G V Venkatramani. Liyakath Ali Khan hosted
the event and first copy of the CD was released
by Balachander to Sivasakthi Pandiyan. Sangeetha
couldn’t attend the meeting and hence
her mother was present.
Addressing the gathering, Balachander revealed
that director Siva was his assistant director
and cameraman at one point in time. “I
have not prepared my speech today unlike
other times. That is because I feel certain
closeness to the crew and want to speak
my mind out,” Balachander declared
in his speech.
He further said that Dhanam is a tad different
from the other Devadasi movies. “I
gave 10 marks for the subject and story
before the movie started. After viewing
it, I’m giving it 65 marks,”
he said. He also averred that Ilayaraja
would only agree to score for a movie if
the movie’s content is good.
Dhanam is based on the life of a commercial
sex worker with Sangeetha playing the lead
among other lesser known artistes.