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Love is in the air

With "Chennai Kadhal," director Vikraman moves away from family sagas



CHANGING TRACKS Director Vikraman

Vikraman, the well-known Tamil film director, who specialised in family dramas about love and sacrifice, is now changing tracks with his new movie, "Chennai Kadhal". Who can forget his debut film "Puthu Vasantham" (1986), about five struggling young men who turn out successful in life? Feel-good entertainers such as "Poove Unakkage", "Suryavamsam", "Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen" and "Vanathepole" have been his forte, and they redefined the art of family drama. In fact, "Vanathepole" (2000) won the National Award for wholesome entertainment and many State awards.

Vikraman's films had a wide reach and the trade considered them as a big sell out.

In the recent past, the audience profile has changed drastically with many preferring to see family sagas on the small screen.

Today majority of filmgoers are below 25. Vikraman's lucky streak ended with "Priyamana Thozhi" (2003) turning out to be a flop. Critics said the director had lost his magic touch but now he has reinvented himself and is making a comeback of sorts with "Chennai Kadhal." It'sa smartly packaged love story starring Bharath and Genelia. "The film is my first attempt at reaching the youth," says Vikraman.

Kalaipuli S. Thanu, the producer of "Chennai Kadhal", is all smiles as he is happy with the way the film has shaped up. Says Thanu, "I think Vikraman understands the pulse of the audience well."

Says Vikraman, "My critics always said my films were sentimental dramas that spoke only of love failures and filial differences seeped in tradition. So this time, I have tried to move away from being preachy and sentimental."

"Chennai Kadhal" is a simple love story and the music by Joshua Sridhar is melodious and peppy. And ad-film maker Muthu Ganesh's camera and Antony's editing are the added highlights.

According to Bharath, the hero of the film, "I am quite excited about working with Vikraman sir. I am playing an action hero, who also has some comedy scenes in the first half."

SREEDHAR PILLAI

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