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Crime and punishment

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

Actor Chinne Jayanth wields the megaphone, second time, for `Kaanal Neer.'



DIRECTOR AS THE PROTAGONIST: Chinne Jayanth and company in Kaanal Neer.

Directors these days choose the most unlikely places in and around the city to shoot their films. Chinne Jayanth had selected for ``Kaanal Neer," an old building in Mylapore.

This is Jayanth's second venture as director, the first being ``Unakkaga Mattum," which didn't do too badly at the box office and also earned him acclaim.

The film is produced by Jayalakshmi Narayanan for Astalakshmi Creators and this is their third venture. A handful of people were at work at the Mylapore location and cinematographer R. Chandrasekhar was one of them. The actors, most of them new faces, were listening to Jayanth in rapt attention. One could recognise Satyapriya, Devan and Pandu.

As the group disperses Chinne Jayanth talks about his film. ```Kizhakku Vaasal' and `Sippikul Muthu' (Swathimuthyam" in Telugu), `Sethu' and recently `Black' have all been offbeat films that won appreciation. Encouraged by their success I thought of this story," he begins. "A man commits a mistake quite aware of his act and makes amends by punishing himself. The title, `Kaanal Neer,' Mirage-A True Punishment, indicates the storyline" he explains.

Main role

Chinne Jayanth is playing the main role of the 30-year-old man and in the latter half does a sixty-year-old person with natural make-up. "The film has a message. I am introducing a number of new faces, including Ratheesh, Sarath and Munisha Chatterjee (a distant relative of Simran, she was selected in Mumbai although she hails from Calcutta).

"I met Sriram, a young man who got a diploma in music from the Chennai music college and he is good at lyrics too. Thus he is composing music for the songs he has written. Ravikiran has written the dialogue," concludes Chinne Jayanth, who is aiming for a Deepavali release.

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