Mariyaan is an upcoming 2013 Tamil drama thriller film directed by film maker Bharat Bala. The film stars actor Dhanush in the lead role with Parvathi Menon and Salim Kumar, both forming part of main cast. Produced by Venu Ravichandran, it music and background score composed by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Marc Koninckx.The film revolves around story of human survival, partially adapted from a real-life crisis event of Indian migrants who were taken hostage in Sudan.

Dhanush as Mariyaan
Parvathi Menon as Panimalar
Salim Kumar as Thomayya
Uma Riyaz Khan

Directed by Bharat Bala
Produced by Venu Ravichandran
Written by Bharat Bala
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Marc Koninckx
Studio Aascar Films
Release date(s) 2013
Country India
Language Tamil

The film’s story takes place in Sudan and in Kanyakumari, India and thus Bharat Bala noted that filming had to take place in two contrasting terrains. The sandy rugged locations in Africa were shot in Liberia, doubling up to be Sudan, and several portions were shot in a month. Subsequent close up scenes featuring supporting cast members from Africa were filmed in India. The first schedule of the film began in Namibia, with scenes including a fight sequence supervised by Dilip Subarayan, being canned. The final schedule of the film started in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu in November 2012 and was shot for a couple of months throughout the coastal region of South India.Uniquely, the entire film was shot in reverse with the climax scenes being canned first and hence the last scene shot was the beginning scene of the film. This was done to maintain continuity in Dhanush’s appearance in the African schedule portions of the film.

By early May 2012, A. R. Rahman had finished composing two songs which were being filmed in Africa. As per reports of August 18, 2012, a visually scintillating yet emotional song named Vizhithidu Nenje crooned by the music composer himself, was finalized after being shot in one of the highest off coastal deserts of the world featuring the leading duo.The first teaser of the film made it evident that the audio rights were bagged by Sony Music.