‘Jama will speak about therukoothu’

Following the global success of “Koozhangal,” Learn & Teach Productions is set to mesmerize audiences once again with their upcoming film “Jama.” Directed by Pari Elavazhagan, who also stars in the film, “Jama” delves into the traditional and aesthetic culture of “Theru Koothu” (Street Play) artists in Tamil Nadu.

The title “Jama” represents a group of street play artists, and the story is set against the backdrop of Thiruvannamalai. The film explores the lives of male artists who disguise themselves as women for their performances, highlighting the emotional and societal challenges they face. Although Theru Koothu is predominantly observed in regions like Thiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi, and Viluppuram, “Jama” focuses specifically on Thiruvannamalai.

Produced by Sai Devanand of Learn and Teach Productions, the entire film was shot in an intensive 35-day schedule. To ensure authenticity, real-life street play artists were involved, and rehearsals were conducted before filming commenced. Renowned artist Kalaimamani Thangal Sekar mentored the actors, helping them deliver realistic performances.

The film’s music is composed by the legendary Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, marking his return to this genre after “Avatharam.” Ilaiyaraaja insisted on authenticity in the film’s music, discouraging exaggeration and incorporating genuine Theru Koothu music. The team is excited to showcase his unparalleled music in “Jama.”

The star cast includes Chetan, Ammu Abhirami, Sri Krishna Dayal, K.V.N. Manimegalai, Kaala Kumar, Vasanth Marimuthu, Siva Maran, and many others. The technical crew features Gopal Krishna (Cinematography), Partha M.A. (Editing), and Srikanth Gopal (Art Direction).

“Jama” promises to be a compelling drama that portrays the rich cultural heritage of Theru Koothu artists, their struggles, and their resilience.