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Stargazing


A book for lyricists

‘Film News’ Anandan has embarked on a new project for which he has approached song writers old and new to pick one favourite film number written by them, the lyrics of which will be compiled and released as a book. “I plan to bring it out next month. I wrote to about 100 lyricists. Some of them have been very enthusiastic — poet Nellai Ganapathi, for instance. He has written a couple of songs of the old M.R.Radha starrer, ‘Panchabootham.’ In those days lyrics of films were sold in booklet form. When he found that his songs, along with those of others who had written for ‘Panchabootham’ hadn’t been published, he went ahead and got them printed at his own expense and distributed them free in the theatres. Such was the zest. I feel creators should be recognised. I’m doing my bit,” says Anandan.


Jeeva and after

Probably for the first time Jeeva opted for action on a wide canvas when his pursuit was unfairly stopped by his sudden demise. The film, ‘Dhaam Dhoom’ with ‘Jayam’ Ravi in the lead, has now been completed by Jeeva’s associate from the latter’s first film, ‘12B’ — Manikandan. Post production work is going on in full swing. “I entered cinema with ‘12B’ and was with Jeeva till the end. We are still reeling under the shock, but we have to finish what he began and that is goading us on. He had finished 85 per cent of the shoot. Just the songs remained. His camera assistant B. Rajasekar, Harris Jayaraj, choreographers Raju Sundaram and Rekha Chinniprakash and I have done our bit. We believe he is guiding us” says Manikandan.


The Mahatma again

A. Balakrishnan who made ‘Kamaraj’ is back in action, this time with a story that’s a blend of fantasy and realism. His ‘Mudhalvar Mahatma’ as the title tells you will have the Mahatma returning to play Chief Minister — more in the ‘Munnabhai …’ mould. “No, I’m planning something serious. In fact it has been inspired by P. Sainath’s writings in your newspaper on the increasing suicides of farmers in the country. The Mahatma comes back after one such death. How he strives to redress the situation and succeeds is what I’ll be talking about in my film,” says Balakrishnan. The filmmaker has worked on the script for a whole year.


From the other end

‘Action Duriyodhana,’ Telugu actor Srikanth’s comeback film of sorts, was a runaway hit. The same is being re-made in Tamil as ‘Thee’ and in a marked deviation from his earlier roles as a henchman and thug, Sundar C. will be seen as a police officer in it. ‘Thee’ will be the first re-make film by director Kicha. “Yes,” laughs Kicha and adds, “It just happened. For a change Sundar C wanted to do a police man’s role and we liked this story.” You also hear that the line of ‘Action Duriyodhana’ did attract many heroes, but since it had an overdose of political innuendos, they backed out. How will Sundar C handle it then? “The portions have been toned down suitably,” says a unit hand.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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