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Hope floats

Her debut film Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru may not have created waves, but Rupa Manjari is gung-ho about her second Tamil film, Naan, produced by Vijay Antony Film Corporation and AVR Talkies. Siddharth ( Ananda Thandavam) is paired with her, while Vijay Antony plays the lead. Jeeva Shankar handles cinematography and direction. Says Rupa: “I did a Malayalam movie, Tournament, produced and directed by Lal. Although a few good Tamil scripts have come my way, I prefer waiting for Naan to release before signing up for anything. ”


Busy year ahead

After Devadayai Kandein, Thiruvilayadal Aarambam and Malaikottai, director Bhoopathipandian is doing a full-length action-comedy with Arya in the lead, and another with Vishal. Bhoopathipandian, whose last release was Kaadhal Solla Vandhaen, is upbeat about his forthcoming ventures. “I'm yet to decide which one will go on the floors first, but both actors' dates are with me,” says Bhoopathipandian.


On a roll

The Tirupathi Brothers banner is on a hyperdrive with several films under production. Following the success of Paiyya, director Lingusamy has signed up Arya and Madhavan for its next venture, Vettai. For his producer-brother Subash Chandra Bose, 2011 will be a very busy year. Says Bose: “Mysskin will direct one of our films with Arya in the lead. This will be a stylish film, and shot abroad. Prabhu Solomon, fresh from the success of Mynaa, will launch another film, a full-fledged romance set in a different backdrop, with new faces; D Iman is composing the music for this. Meanwhile, director Balaji Sakthivel has completed Vazhakku En 18/09, which is awaiting release.”


Back with a blockbuster?

Director Vikraman's Pudhu Vasantham (1989) re-launched Murali as hero. In 1996, he gave Vijay his first ‘A class' hit with Poove Unakkaga. Vikraman's 1997 film Suryavamsam, with Saratkumar and Devyani, was a mega hit. The 1998 Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen gave a fresh lease of life to Karthik and Roja. Vijaykanth attained super stardom with Vaanatha Pola. But, Vikraman's last release Mariyadhai with Vijaykanth didn't create waves. Since then, he seemed to have hit the proverbial creative block. Till now, that is. Says Vikraman, who is launching a slew of newcomers in his forthcoming Ilamai Naatkal: “I've written this story keeping in mind the sensibilities of today's modern youth. I've always approached every film with a lot of confidence; and that's the case with Ilamai Naatkal too. The subject demands new faces to bring out the nuances of each character without it being overshadowed by a star's image.”


Thinking big

Ritu Mangal is one of the three heroines debuting in director P. Ravi Varman's (aka Vijaya Varman) first independent feature film, Sathi Leelai. Following his last short film, Biriyani, which received good reviews at various international festivals, Ravi has launched this film with newcomers.

Ravi, who has worked with directors such as Vinayan, Ameerjan and M.A. Murugesh, has adapted S. Banu Venkatesh's short story and written the screenplay and dialogues besides directing the film. Says Ravi: “The story revolves around a person whose wishes remain unfulfilled due to an unavoidable incident. He extracts revenge by ensuring that others around him suffer the same fate.”

Clarification

With reference to the item, “A hit remade” published in this column (CinemaPlus, March 13), producer T. Ramesh clarifies that the Tamil remake of Dabangg will be produced by him for Balaji Real Media. The Telugu rights have been bought by Pawan Kalyan, and the film will be called Gabbar Singh. In Tamil, the director and some of the cast are yet to be finalised.”

NIKHIL RAGHAVAN

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