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Making his mark

Saraswathy NagarajanSaraswathy Nagarajan

Vineeth Sreenivasan has youngsters dancing to his song



Belting out the number that topped the charts

VINEETH SREENIVASAN has become the talk of town with his hit song `Karale, karalinte ... .' A mechanical engineering student of KCG College of Engineering in Chennai, this budding singer's eclectic taste in music is evident when he says that he enjoys listening to the songs of K.J. Jesudas, Brad Paisley and Udid Narayan.

A great fan of Hindi songs, he animatedly discusses the plus and minus points of a reality music show on television. "I used to study Carnatic music but I was quite irregular," he says.

Prize winner

Vineeth, the elder son of film star Sreenivasan, admits that he was never serious about music till he was in Class Eight when he won the first prize for Mappilapattu in the schools' youth festival. When film director Priyadarshan came to know about this, he made Vineeth render a Mappilapattu for his film `Kilichundan Mampazham.' "Roshan Chettan (Rosshan Andrrews, film director) had heard the song and was very keen on giving me a song in his movie `Udayananu Tharam.' But my father was against it as he was writing the script and acting in it. However, Rosshan chettan prevailed and I was able to do it."

Composed by Deepak Dev, the racy song `Karale... ' soon topped the charts and ushered in Vineeth Sreenivasan the singer. Will Vineeth make his appearance on the silver screen as well? "I have no plans to do so now. My parents have never compelled me to do something. But my father is very particular that I should do my graduation before I choose my profession," says Vineeth who scored 93 per cent marks for his Plus Two.

"Vineeth was very keen on doing visual communication after his Plus Two. But since he was such a good student, we felt that he should do a professional course first. But we have no intentions of telling our sons what to do or choose their professions for them," says Vimala, Vineeth's mother who was a primary school teacher. Vineeth's younger brother Dhyan is a Class Ten student of SBOA School in Annanagar in Chennai.

Although, Vineeth asserts that he has no intentions of becoming an actor, he seems to take a keen interest in movies. Dwelling upon his father's movies, Vineeth says, "I feel that `Vadakke Nookiyenthram' was one of his finest movies. Another favourite of mine is `Sandesham.' There is a subtle humour in his movies. Only a person who has a good sense of humour can bring that touch of humour to his roles.

"My father is like that in real life too. He is not a disciplinarian. He rarely scolds us or loses his temper.

The only time he get angry is when he I forget to pass on a message that someone had called and so on."

Did he expect the song to be a hit? "I sensed it would be a popular song because it has a beat. But when you are singing, you concentrate on the song and forget everything else." Although, Vineeth modestly attributes the success of the song to the composer, it is clear that Vineeth the singer has arrived and in style.

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When the hit duo met

THE HIT, `Karale... karalinte ... .' is on everybody's lips. `Karale... ' has another distinction too. It is perhaps for the first time that a guy got to sing for his father in a movie (Vineeth sang for Sreenivasan).

At the Ujala-Asianet Film Awards Night, Vineet and Rimy Tomy rendered the number on stage. What the audience did not know was that Vineeth and Rimy met for the first time for the rehearsal in Kochi. Confused?

Well, for techie dummies, here goes the reason: they sang separately into the tracks, being busy in their own fields. Both had seen each other on TV of course, but not in person.

"When we first met here for the rehearsals, it was I who went up to him and spoke first," says Rimy.

"I was quite scared," reveals Vineeth. For it was his first stage programme, after he turned pro. "I tried to make him feel comfortable and told him there was no reason really to be so scared," adds Rimy. Although both of them are about the same age, Rimy is a seasoned singer while Vineeth has just started out.

During the show, however, it was difficult to believe that Vineeth was scared. Rimy's duet with Shankar Mahadevan, `Chingamaasam Vannu..'was her first hit. "The biggest joke is that I have not met Shankar Mahadevan still," she reveals. Technology came in the way, of course and cinema is a world of make-belief, after all! - PREMA MANMADHAN

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