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Rishi (Shalini’s brother Richard) is the hero of director Krishna’s ‘Yaen Ippadi Mayakinaai …’ Krishna’s earlier film, ‘Sillunu Oru Kadhal,’ had Suriya, Jyotika and Bhumika in the lead. ‘Yaen Ippadi …’ will also have two heroines — Vainavi and Veda, both newcomers. “It will be very different from ‘Sillunu …,’ a romantic thriller of sorts that has youth as its target audience. Hip hop is an important element in the film. That’s why we chose Rishi. He’s a fabulous dancer and he trained vigorously for three months before the shoot,” says Krishna. Suman Shetty and Santhanam take care of the comedy angle. “Every scene will have an unexpected twist,” Krishna sums up.
Siva, from K. Balachander’s camp, debuts as director with ‘Dhanam,’ which will have Sangeetha as the protagonist. From what you hear, ‘Dhanam’ is sure to set the screen on fire. “People ask me why I opted for a bold theme in my very first film. But I’m confident it’ll work,” smiles Siva. Even before her controversial role in ‘Uyir,’ he had booked Sangeetha for ‘Dhanam.’ Small screen’s Prem is the hero. “The hero is a powerful character too,” says Siva. Besides, there are Girish Karnad and Kotta Srinivasa Rao. The late Jeeva, Ilaiyaraja, Lenin and Thotta Tharani are the other formidable members of the crew.
Change of scene
After a stint in television the house of AVM Kumaran is into film production with ‘Aa Aaa E Ee.’ “They stand for the first letters of the names of the main characters, played by Monika, Navdeep, Arvind [of ‘Chennai-600028’] and Sharanya Mohan [the sprightly sister of Nayantara in ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini?’]” elaborates the film’s director, S.D. Sabapathi. In films such as ‘VIP’ and Prakashraj’s ‘Naam’ he proved his mettle as a maker. ‘Aa Aaa E Ee’ is a remake of Krishnavamsi’s Telugu movie, ‘Chandamama.’ “It’s a feel-good film that’ll appeal to the entire family,” assures Sabapathi.
A different blend?
Actors Shaam and Mallika Kapoor are the lead pair of ‘Anthony Yaar?’ written and directed by C. T. Pandi. The scene, in which the villain (Lal) destroys the entire locality where Anthony lives, was recently shot on an elaborate scale. About 500 huts were constructed for the scene. “Shaam’s role will have a mix of devotion, action, and love that goes unrequited. A few heroes were hesitant but Shaam was game, and for the lighter moments you have Vivek. We have planned the audio release for September. Dhina is the composer,” he says.
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