The concept of community radio in the slum was brilliantly portrayed in Mohan Raja’s directorial Velaikkaran starring Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles. In the movie, Sivakarthikeyan’s character, Arivu, runs a community radio named Kuppam FM, for the welfare of the slum dwellers.
While Kuppam FM vowed movie-goers, director Mohan Raja has recently revealed the real inspiration for Arivu’s community FM. Misael Avelino dos Santos, the man who revolutionized Brazilian slum in 1980’s through his community radio inspired Mohan Raja to develop Arivu’s character and the Kuppam FM in Velaikkaran.
He also revealed that Kuppam FM is a tribute to all the community radio initiatives in Indian villages, that has contributed to the upliftment of the society. Check out Mohan Raja’s tweet here –
‘Misael Avelino dos Santos’ who revolutionized Brazilian slum in 1980’s educatin ppl thru community radio was d actual inspiration for ‘Arivu’s Kuppam fm’. N it’s a tribute to gr8 initiatives in Indian villages past 10 yrs incl mop vaishnav n Anna Univ comm radios tat r doin gr8 https://t.co/6ItVuzgEzo
— Mohan Raja (@jayam_mohanraja) February 27, 2018