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Stargazing


Biding his time

Ashwin Shekher, son of S.Ve Shekher and the hero of ‘Ninaivil Nindraval,’ is very confident about his new film. “After ‘Vaegam,’ my debut, I preferred to wait for an impact-making storyline. Most of the time, once you are out of the cinema hall, you forget the film. I wish to concentrate on those that would linger in the audience’s mind for long. ‘Ninaivil …’ will be one such. The moment I listened to the story I could sense that it would be different. I know it sounds clichéd but I really mean it. The second half will be very different from the first,” says Ashwin. Agastya Bharathi who has apprenticed under the likes of Vasanth and Bhagyaraj, is the director of ‘Ninaivil …’ Keerthi Chawla and Gayathri are the heroines.

Sibling season


It seems to be a season of siblings making it to the winning post — one as director and the other as hero. Director Vishnuvardhan’s brother Krishna is the next in line. He plays hero in ‘Alibaba.’ Vishnu’s associate Neelan K. Sekar is directing the film. Janani from Mumbai plays the heroine, and Prakash Raj will be seen in a significant role as Krishna’s dad. The ‘Alibaba’ crew recounts the trying experience of shooting a fight sequence in a fertilizer plant recently. “Most of the unit hands fell ill but they went on with the work and helped complete the shooting on time,” chorus the producers, ‘Pattiyal’ Sekar and Sanjeev Kapoor.

Hero matters


Kalaimani who has directed films such as ‘Thai Porandhachu,’ returns with ‘Engal Aasaan’ that has Vijayakanth in the lead. The rural segments of ‘… Aasaan’ have just been completed in a 21-day schedule at Pollachi and Pazhani. “The film has a strong message and if it has to reach every stratum, we need an actor of Vijayakanth’s stature,” says Kalaimani. “Vijayakanth is so simple and co-operative,” he says. Is the success of ‘Arasaangam’ a reason for ‘Engal Aasaan’ taking off at a hectic pace? Also, Sheryl Pinto of ‘Arasaangam,’ is the heroine of ‘ … Aasaan too. “Please! We had decided upon the cast, subject and schedules even in January,” says Kalaimani. Vikranth and Akshaya comprise the other lead pair.

New lead pair


Choreographer John Babu’s (remember him with Kushboo in the ‘Otha Rooba Thaaren …’ number?) son Vikash makes his debut as hero in ‘Nesi.’

“Romance is the bottom line, but love for all is what we try to underline,” Saravana Krishna, the writer and director of the film, explains the relevance of the title. Sonia Suri, the sister of Natasha, Miss India 2007, is the heroine of ‘Nesi.’ Confidence in the story, the sentiment weaved in and the characterisation, have made Saravana go in for a new lead pair. “The actors have done a good job and I’m sure ‘Nesi’ will succeed,” he says. The director has worked as assistant to makers S.J. Suryah, Ponvannan and Raghavendra Rao.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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