Blockbuster Tamil filmmaker AR Murugadoss has produced films like Engaeyum Eppothum, Raja Rani, Maan Karate, 10 Endrathukulla, Rangoon to name a notable few, and is set to present his next, August 16, 1947, which has been directed by his former associate NS Ponkumar. The upcoming period action drama film scheduled to release on April 7 had its audio launch at Sathyam Cinemas on Monday evening, which witnessed several big names grace the occasion, including Sivakarthikeyan. During his speech at the August 16, 1947 audio launch, Murugadoss turned emotional at a moment while describing the sets of the film, and how he was reminded of the late art director T. Santhanam with whom he collaborated in 'Thalapathy' Vijay's Sarkar (2018) and Darbar with 'Superstar' Rajinikanth (2020).
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During his speech , AR Murugadoss turned emotional while speaking about the sets created for August 16, 1947 and T. Santhanam's hard work. He said, "The only big factor missing is art director Santhanam, who left us all. His loss is something I'm able to come to terms with. We worked in Sarkar and Darbar. He worked on this film for me for less salary since it's a small budget venture. He created an entire village in an abandoned land on the outskirts and he sent a photograph of the sets. When I saw the picture, I told him that all the huts look similar and should appear different. One hut must look like it was created two years back, another one 5 years back and so on. I then took a car the next day and went to the sets. As soon as I arrived, I was stunned at how he changed everything in those 24 hours. You are witness to that transformation that you just watched in some of the visuals. He did a fantastic job and told me to send this to all the award ceremonies. His family has come here today. He could have been here with us for his children."
Watch AR Murugadoss' emotional speech at the August 16, 1947 audio launch below: