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Junior with potential

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

Hari Prashanth is thrilled with the chance he got to play the young Vikram in `Anniyan.'

From the day of `Anniyan's release, Hari Prashanth, the boy who played Vikram Junior in the film has been showered with accolades. Attention is not new to Hari, who began his career in films with the Surya starrer, `Uyirilae Kalandhadhu,' after which he's done nearly half a dozen films, including `Anniyan.'

Hari's talents don't end there. He's very much into music — he is the bubbly tot who sang the `Sundari... ' number (`Kannathil Muthamittaal'). Singing an A. R. Rahman composition was a great opportunity and though initially Hari was apprehensive he didn't find it too difficult.

"He has music in him. Even today when I have doubts about the notes or the range of a song Hari helps me out. If I hum a song, he can give me the swaras," smiles the proud dad S. N. Surendar, singer, popular dubbing artiste and an actor himself.

Music and the allied arts seem to run in the family — every one from Surendar's parents to his brother and sisters are singers and actors.

Interestingly, it is Surendar who dubbed for Nedumudi Venu, in `Anniyan.' Venu plays Vikram's father in the film and Surendar's voice suited him only too well.

The opportunity came to the reticent and rather introverted Surendar, when he accompanied his son to the dubbing studio for `Anniyan.' "Generally I never go for shoots or dubbing with my son. But this time Hari wanted me there with him ... My voice is still young and my dubbing ability is intact ... and makers like Shankar understand it," Surendar says.

The four ageless melodies that Surendar so beautifully presented at the recent felicitation programme for lyricist Vaali, had many in the audience raving about his rendition.

Great experience

`Anniyan' was a rewarding experience for Hari Prashanth. The entire week of shooting had the young actor working with earnestness and zest. "I wanted to do really well. Imagine acting as the junior of a National Award winning hero. I was thrilled," he says.

Many of his friends in school complimented him. "But some of them did pull my leg about the wig I sported," he laughs.

Hari is a Class VIII student of the K. K. Nagar branch of Padma Seshadri School. The school encourages him a lot in his cultural activities, he informs.

Besides his innate talent, Hari has trained under singer T. S. Raghavendar and joins his dad on stage whenever possible. Of course he doesn't sing much these days because his voice has begun to break. "And studies are the priority now," adds Surendar.

"My dad's a superb singer ... and I hope to become a composer one day," concludes this confident youngster.

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