Chennai and Tamil Nadu
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
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.
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.
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