Bakkiyaraj Kannan is the director of the much-acclaimed film ‘
Remo’. Earlier, he was an associate director to Atlee, who has done many hits films in Kollywood. His first venture’ Remo’ was a different movie, where an actor playing the role of a woman.
No, the film was not inspired from ‘
Avvai Shanmugi’ where
Kamal Haasan had dressed up in the costume of saree and played his part of the female character. However, in this movie, actor Sivakarthikeyan was dressed up as a nurse and tries to woo his lady-love.
Bakkiyaraj Kannan chose a Hollywood makeup man Sean Foot to dress up the actor Sivakarthikeyan. It is said when the director Bakkiyaraj Kannan was preparing for the project 'Remo', he met director Atlee and sought his advice for a perfect actor who can play the character of a girl, Atlee referred Sivakarthikeyan’s name. Even Bakkiyaraj Kannan had felt only then only Siva sir can do the role perfectly.
Since in 60 percent of the movie, Sivakarthikeyan had to play a nurse look, it was difficult to convince the actor. There was a concern for Sivakarthikeyan taking up the nurse make-up from every member of the unit too. Before concluding Remo’s look, the director had to observe closely 16 different shades of make-up for the actor, which considered of his hairstyles, waxing his body, trimming the eyebrows etc.
which had undergone various trials before arriving at a conclusion. Even the actor had to lose 19 kgs of weight to get a body-language of a nurse. To overcome voice hurdles which must be like a woman, Sivakarthikeyan took help from Oscar Award winner Resul Pookutty.
It is said that whoever had watched Siva performing the role in the set or even in outdoor locations could go spell-bound and even asked the unit members or the director who the nurse was. P.C. Sreeram was the cinematographer who wielded his camera in a realistic manner so that the film had no loopholes even in visual. It is true the director Bakkiyaraj Kannan only could turn a Tamil hero into heroine on the screen.