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A day with a star

Hilaricas 07 spun a web of music, dance, fun and entertainment

PHOTO: M. PERIASAMY

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS Actor Vijay

It was that time of the year again when red roses and mushy greeting cards were in great demand. But most young couples across the city were off to Hindusthan College of Arts and Science to celebrate Valentines Day with an actor who sets their hearts aflutter — Vijay.

After roping in stars like Vikram and Asin, the college this time brought in Vijay for a social cause during its annual cultural festival, Hilaricas 2007. The actor, who has a huge fan following among youth, honoured some physically disabled people. Vijay, who walked in with his trademark smile, was welcomed with a dance from his latest movie, Pokiri.

This was followed by a recital of a poem composed using the names of all his hit films.

Walking tall

A man of few words, Vijay, told an audience of adoring fans, young and old, that he was extremely nervous to be back in college after a long time.

Asked how it felt to have achieved so much popularity, his modest reply was: "Till now, I have not achieved anything in life. I have to start working now. And it feels good to have come here and done something for the physically disabled."

After this, the actor distributed calipers, sewing machines, hearing aids and musical instruments to 13 people and was awarded the `Youth Icon 2007' trophy by students of the college.

Over 100 colleges from all over South India took part in this year's edition of Hilaricas, which served as a platform for students to exhibit their hidden talents in various fields.

Staging entertainment

The off-stage events included facial painting, rangoli, mehendi, web designing and photography.

`Veg-View', a vegetable carving competition, had catering students from different colleges carving out beautiful designs on different fruits and vegetables. `Footsie', an adaptune competition, set the pace for the stage events. Foot-tapping music from the latest Tamil and Hindi films kept the crowd entertained till dusk.

`Dazzle', the fashion parade, saw students walk the ramp in colourful costumes. The Duke and Duchess title were awarded to Ashfaq Sherrif of Jamal Mohamed College and Revathi of Nehru College.

KEERTHI MOHAN

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