Kalaipuli S Thanu is one of the popular producers in the Tamil film industry. He is known for spotting talents and also picks scripts that have the potential to become one of the blockbusters in theatres. IN a recent interview to a Tamil magazine, producer Thanu revealed that he regrets not launching Nayanthara in Tamil. He considered launching Nayanthara alongside Simbu in Thotti Jaya. However, cinematographer RD Rajasekhar had promised Gopika about casting her.
In an interview, Thanu said, "When we were assembling Thotti Jaya featuring Simbu, I came across a girl's pic in one of the Sunday magazines in Tamil. I asked about the details of the girl from Sathish, manager of Devi Sridevi preview theater' who told me that her name is Diana. Later, he brought Diana along with her parents to Chennai via train. I liked Diana but cameraman RD Rajasekar who had earlier worked in the Malayalam film Four The People has given his word to Gopika. Both VZ Durai and RD Rajasekar wanted Gopika for the film. When I suggested Diana's name, they wanted to have a test shoot. Both Rajasekar and Durai shot Diana's scene on a Handycam and told me that we can discuss it later. I liked Diana's performance but both Durai and Rajasekar thought that she is a poor performer. I understood that they already had an agreement with Gopika and left the final decision to them."