After watching the premiere
show of Vaali, Rathnam offered S. J. Surya an opportunity to
direct his next venture with Vijay and Jyothika being signed
on soon after.
Early reports indicated that the film would portray an
illicit relationship where a young widowed mother -Mumtaj
would lust for the lover -Vijay of her own daughter -Jyothika.
The producer rubbished the rumors claiming that the film
would be a romantic comedy.
The producers initially readied themselves to release the
film on April 14, 2000 but pushed dates back to accommodate
the release of bigger budget ventures such as Mani Ratnam's
Alaipayuthey and Rajiv Menon's Kandukondain Kandukondain.