Aasai Interesting Facts
Prakash Raj won laurels for his role.
Poovellam Kettupaar and Kanne were the working titles during the film's production but Vasanth chose Aasai as the title because "it was about both the protagonist and the antagonist"
The lead role was initially offered by Vasanth to Suriya, son of actor Sivakumar, to make his debut but he declined, citing a lack of interest in an acting career.
For the antagonist Major Madhavan, director Vasanth considered Manoj K. Jayan as one of the actors.
Vasanth chose debutant Suvaluxmi after seeing her performance in the Bengali film Uttoran which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
The film's military parade scene was filmed at the Chennai branch of the Officers Training Academy after giving an assurance that the character of Madhavan had a "blemishless professional record".
Deva was roped in to compose the music for Aasai because director Vaanth and the composer had earlier worked together on Doordarshan shows.
Mandolin U Shrinivas played the mandolin portions in the song "Pulveli Pulveli".
Prakash Raj's villainous character was intentionally left out of the initial set of publicity posters because the director wanted the film to look like a love story.
Poornam Viswanathan's character was based on director Vasanth's father, who, like the character, was a news junkie and tended to trust the wrong persons.
The team shot in the early mornings during their Delhi schedule as the director was obsessive about onlookers not being part of the frame.
The 143 concept was actually based on the lingo used by the Chennai youth in those days. Vasanth came across his cousins using the term in their conversations.
Director Vasanth feels that the film is the result of his love for Alfred Hitchcock.
Director Vasanth said that the idea for Rohini's murder in the film came about when he thought how he might kill a person. But he adds that he might not show the murder in such great detail now.
The film ran for more than 210 days in theatres and emerged as a major breakthrough in Ajith Kumar's career.
Director Vasanth chose Suvalakshmi after seeing her performance in the Bengali film Uttoran (1994) and he wanted someone, who had an innocent face and could make the audience believe the gullibility of the character.
Actor Ajith Kumar was roped in the film after producer S. Sriram saw him in a Dhoti advertisement on Doordarshan.
Pooja Batra's debut.
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, India 1995
|Winner Creative Award||Best Director Vasanth|
|Best Music Director Deva|
Best Male Playback Singer Hariharan
For the song "Konjam Naal"
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