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Treat from tinseldom

This Deepavali, movies will offer action, romance and music, writes SREEDHAR PILLAI

WILL THE festival of lights bring glitter to the Tamil film industry? Traditionally, it has been the season when star-studded big budget films hit the screens. This year also promises to be a cracker of a Deepavali with seven Tamil films and Veer-Zaara, the extravaganza from Yash Chopra, due for release in Coimbatore.

Says S. Bala Subramanian of Baba Complex: "Some of the biggest hits in Tamil have been released during Deepavali and, this time also, we expect two or three films to be super hits". Earlier, before the proliferation of satellite channels, going for movies were the major entertainment for die-hard film buffs. But with advent of channels beaming blockbusters and film-based programmes on Deepavali day, the number of people going to cinema halls has come down.

New releases

For Deepavali 2004, seven Tamil films have been announced, but only five are likely to release. Says Balasubramanian: "There are only 10 releasing theatres in Coimbatore town and most of them are already booked for the big movies. And some of the films are having financial problems and may not release on the promised day". Exactly a week before Deepavali, the buzz is that five films - Attagasam, Niranja Manasu, Chatrapathy, Manmathan, and Dreams - are likely to make it to the theatres, though Meesai Madhavan and Jananam are also trying for a release.

Double bonanza

Attagasam produced by Vijayam Cine Combines is written and directed by Saran. Ajit has always been able to give super hits when he plays dual roles

in the past like Vaali and Villain. Once again he plays a double role in which he plays Guru and Jeeva. He plays a driving instructor and a dada living in Tutucorin. The six fight scenes and well-choreographed songs shot in exotic foreign locations like Romania are the major highlights of the film. Pooja plays his lady love and music by Bharadwaj is already a chartbuster. Says Ajit: "Attagasam is sure to put my career back on track. The movie has shaped out well and my fans will have a good time this Deepavali".

Waiting for a hit

Dhanush is back after two disasters at the box-office and he is pinning all hopes on Dreams directed by his father Kasthuri Raja. Kasthuri Raja, who was churning out village subjects so far, is experimenting with a city-based one for the first time. Dhanush plays Shakthi, a college student, and the story is about his dreams, romance, adventures and failures. He has two heroines for company, Diya and Paru. Bharadwaj is the music director and the film is produced by Srikanth. According to Dhanush: "Dreams is a film which has put me into a lot of difficulties, still it has shaped out very well. Now, it is up to the audience to make it a hit".

Action and rustic charm

Sarath Kumar's Chatrapathy is an action entertainer that targets the family and youth. Sarath plays a brave do-gooder, who fights the evil in society and brings peace and spreads goodwill without being preachy.

The hero has a secret identity revealed much later in the film and this forms the crux of the climax. Nikitha is Sarath's love interest and Rambha appears in an item number.

The film, produced by JJ Good Films, is directed by debutante Sri Mahesh and has music by S A Rajkumar. Says Sarath Kumar: "It is an action packed entertainer with a good message for youngsters".

Vijaykanth who became a major star in 80's and early 90's with village-based films, is back in a similar role in Niranja Manasu where he plays a villager living in Suryakudi, a remote hamlet near Madurai. A do-gooder, Vijaykanth plays Ayyanar, the head of a large family, who is determined to set right the village's tarnished image. The film is directed by Samudrakani and newcomers Susan and Mahima are the heroines.

Karthik Raaja has scored some melodious numbers. Says Vijaykanth: "I am doing a village subject after a long break; it has a very interesting storyline and a stunning climax".

Music scores

Krishnakanth has produced Manmathan, a film aimed at the youth, with Silambarasan in the lead. Silambarasan, has for the first time, tried his hand at writing the story and screenplay. Jyothika is paired opposite him and the story is set in a campus. The film is directed by debutant A J Murugan. The film has grabbed a lot of attention as Mandira Bedi and Yana Gupta are making special appearances. Yuvan Shankar Raaja has scored some peppy numbers that are already on the top of the charts.

Says a confident Simbu: "The youth will have a great time watching this full length musical entertainer".

Meesai Madhavan, a remake of the Malayalam film with the same name, has Ramana and Kutty Radhika playing the lead. S. Ramu is the director and the music has been scored by Bharani. Jananam, starring Arun Kumar, is directed by Ramesh and has music by Bharadwaj.

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