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Gandhi Krishna’s next

Vishal shot to fame with his debut film, ‘Chellamae.’ Again it was in ‘Chellamae’ that Bharat convincingly portrayed negative shades. After a hiatus, its creator Gandhi Krishna, a technician from Shankar’s school, is now into his next project, ‘Ananda Thaandavam’ produced by Oscar Films with Tamanna and new find Siddharth in the lead. Why the gap? “I couldn’t find the right producer. Also I was working with Shankar’s unit for ‘Sivaji,’ he explains. ‘Ananda …’ will be very different from ‘Chellamae.’ It’s Sujatha’s story that was serialised in a vernacular weekly. Rukmani, a new find, who is in Canada, also has a prominent part. And after quite a while Kitty returns to play a positive and powerful father role,” Gandhi Krishna informs.

Box office abroad


In the 18th position at the U.K. box office collections for the week end January 18-20, ahead of `Halla Bol' which gained the 28th slot, and in the second at the Malaysian box office, `Bheema' is surely raking in the moolah abroad. "Why just abroad? It's doing brisk business here too. We have repeat audience. Houseful shows in four 1000-seat cinemas in the city is what we are witnessing. It's a hit in Karnataka. And in Kerala huge posters acclaim hero Vikram, stating that only he can carry off `Bheema's climax so convincingly. He can pull off the seriousness of `Kasi' and the bonhomie of `Bheema,' both with equal ‚lan. Many find the end very gripping. As a team we are thrilled," the film's writer-director Lingusamy says.

Comedy-action cocktail


Remember filmmaker `Thakkali' Srinivasan who faded out after `Ashokavanam?' He's back with the genre he's adept at - crime. "I had got into animation. Now I'm back and all set for my next comedy-cum-action thriller, `Satru Mun Kidaitha Thagaval,'" says Srinivasan. Popular action choreographer `Kanal' Kannan's penchant for antics has already been seen in a few films, the most recent being `Bheema.' He is doing a solid role in `Satru Mun .' along with Sethu of STAR Vijay's `Kalakka Povadhu Yaaru.' And joining them is `Ammuvaagiya .' Bharati. "We needed an actor who could be convincingly eccentric and Kannan filled the bill. Bharati as the woman frightened by his sudden presence in her house has done a fabulous job," he adds.

Flowery fragrance


The crew of director Sasi's new film, `Poo,' has a couple of debut-making technicians - vis-com student P.G. Muthiah, who has apprenticed under the likes of Ravi K. Chandran and Ravivarman, wields the camera, and Adyar Film Institute product, S.S. Kumaran, is the composer. All the six songs have been recorded. Srikanth pairs with Parvati, who enters Tamil with `Poo.' The heroine has already made a name for herself in Malayalam with films such as `Flash' and `Notebook.' Incidentally, this is the second time Sasi and Srikanth are teaming up together, after `Roja Koottam,' the hero's first film.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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