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Crazy little thing called love

Sreedhar Pillai

Another Fazil romance releases today with `Oru Naal Oru Kanavu.'


I am most comfortable doing love stories set against a family backdrop



HEAD OVER HEELS: Srikanth and Sonia Aggarwal in ``Oru Naal Oru Kanavu" directed by Fazil.

For the past 25 years, Fazil has been making Malayalam and Tamil films mostly in the love genre. His creations have no villains, violence, dialogue with double meaning or crass comedy. They are all basically feel-good romantic movies set against a family background and have melodious music.

Now his 27th film, "Oru Naal Oru Kanavu," releasing today (Aug 26), is a typical Fazil fare, where the hero and heroine bring alive the romance. Fazil started his career with "Manjil Virinja Pookal" (1980, Malayalam), which introduced Mohanlal.

Some of Fazil's memorable movies in Malayalam were remade in Tamil like "Varusham 16," "Poove Poochoodava" and the classic, "Kathalukku Mariyadai," and they were all blockbusters. They speak from the heart and have worked magic with the masses and classes alike. According to Fazil: "I am most comfortable doing love stories set against a family backdrop, which is also the most favourite format in world cinema. Even today, eight years after its release, `Titanic' remains the biggest box-office hit as there is an element of universality about its theme that appeals to everyone."

He is happy that "Autograph" and "Kathal" worked wonders at the box-office at a time when the market is flooded with action films.

The Fazil formula is simple — love stories will not work unless it has a villain or some sort of obstacle. He says that the cardinal rule is to make the audience feel for the lead characters till the lovers express their feelings for each other.

He confesses: "During the re-recording of `Kathalukku Mariyadai,' Raaja Sir told me that he has not seen such vekkam [shyness] in love and that it would surely click at the box-office."

But it is nearly seven years since ``Kathalukku Mariyadai." Will his pure, unadulterated love stories work with today's young audience? Fazil says, "`Oru Naal Oru Kanavu' is a love story packed with drama, melodious music and dialogue [that] is sure to touch your heart and [there is]superb performances from Srikanth and Sonia Aggarwal. The beauty of this film lies in characterisation... "



Fazil

He adds that the climax has a twist and a message.

And who is the villain? Smiles Fazil: "In `Kathalukku Mariyadai,' it was the possessiveness of the parents that was the villain, but in `Oru Naal Oru Kanavu,' the lovers are concerned more about each other and it is this `concern' that becomes the `villain.'"

The hero Seenu (Srikanth) is a self-made man who does odd jobs to make ends meet as he has a large family to support.

He meets Maya (Sonia), an arrogant, rich girl, who believes that money can buy anything in this world.

She is dominating, so sparks fly during her interactions with Seenu who decides to teach her a lesson. But soon things go topsy-turvy as they slowly fall in love. Fazil is confident that the film will work and is all praise for the story written by T. A. Lal, dialogue by Gokulakrishna and the five soothing numbers tuned by Ilaiyaraja.

He feels that Srikanth will get a new lease of life with "Oru Naal Oru Kanavu." As a director who has made the maximum number of films in the love genre, Fazil signs off with these words: "I am a romantic and believe that love is eternal."

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