Samuthirakani plans to direct a script written by K Balachander. Pictured: A photo of the actor and director.PR Handout

Actor and director Samuthirakani has decided to direct a script written by filmmaker K Balachander, who passed away in 2014. This will be his tribute to his mentor. 

Speaking to the Times of India, Samuthirakani has revealed that this was K Balachander's dream project, which his mentor wanted to direct and act in. The "Naadodigal" creator has also pointed out that he would not be approaching producers to fund the film and he himself will be bankrolling it apart from directing the flick.

"KB sir had finalised this script — which is centred on children — and had even decided on the artistes he wanted to cast in the film. He had asked Samuthirakani to be the associate director on this project and also act in a crucial role. However, just before he could start production, KB sir's son passed away and that broke him so much and he couldn't take up the project again," a source tells the daily.

Samuthirakani is not clear about when to start the project and adds that it depends on the performance of his fortcoming movie. "I'm the producer of that film as well, and if it does well, then, I will start this production immediately. Else, I intend to put it on hold until I earn the amount needed to produce it myself," he concludes.

Meanwhile, Samuthirakani is busy with his next film "Appa," which is said to be a sequel to "Saatai." He will be seen playing the lead role in the flick, which has Thambi Ramaiah, Namo Narayana, J Vignesh and others in the cast. Ilaiyaraaja has scored the music, while Richard M Nathan is editing the flick. AL Ramesh is the editor of the flick.