This is an animation film about a pious cow and a hungry tiger. It’s entirely in Sanskrit – and the first of its kind. You’d be surprised to know that Sanskrit films have been made before.
What Shankar thought would be intriguing was the tiger’s reason for coming out of its natural forest habitat to attack a cow grazing much further away. He wanted to talk about ecological imbalance while retaining the story’s original sensibility. He ended up writing a book by the same name [Punyakoti published by Partridge Publishing in July 2014].
“After the book came out, I went to share the story with [celebrated music director] Ilaiyaraaja, who I knew through a filmmaker friend. He really liked it and said it’ll make for a good film.” So impressed was Ilaiyaraaja with the idea that he decided to compose the music for free.