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Sheer daredevilry


Sandhya and Vijay in ``Youth''.

GENERALLY THE younger crop of heroes like to perform risky action shots. And Vijay is more adventerous than the others. In "Badri", Vijay allowed a car to run over his fingers. This was done in a single shot with three cameras. The scene made the industry look at Vijay with awe. In Lakshmi Productions' forthcoming film, "Youth", the hero had to jump from a height of 70 feet. Stunt master Kanal Kannan and director Vincent Selva did not want Vijay to take the risk and so a stuntman was asked to do the shot. But Vijay wanted to do the scene himself and accomplished the task successfully. "The shot will be more effective if I do the stunts myself. Of course when I am not able to do it a stuntman can be used," Vijay explained. The heroine of the film is Sandhya from Mumbai. Produced by Ajay Kumar the film is directed by Vincent Selva.

Perfect planners

The shooting of Madras Talkies' "Five Star" is going on at a brisk pace. It must be a welcome project for director Susi Ganesan, whose "Virumbugiraen", starring Prashanth and Sneha, is yet to find its way to the cinema halls. "Five Star" produced by Mani Ratnam, has a whole lot of new faces, as is the trend these days. Every aspect of the film was planned much before shooting began. Rigorous rehearsals were held for a month until all the actors were completely familiar with their roles before they went for the shots. "I am surprised at the excellent planning and execution of the project and working with such great technicians is a both a challenge and a wonderful experience," said Ravi Varman, cinematographer. The actors were so much involved in their roles, that they hardly needed any glycerine even for the emotional sequences. Except for Vijayan (of "Udhiri Pookal" and "Niram Maradha Pookal" fame) the cast is made of youngsters making their debut!

Enchanting locations

For G. V. Films' ``Yey Nee Romba Azhaga Irukkae'' unit, the trip to Syria was a different kind of experience. It was the first time that a film unit had been there to film a song sequence, though after them others have gone there too. Director Vasanth said that they chose Syria to shoot a particular song, because the number had an Arabian flavour. "The locations are enchanting and will be completely new to the audience. We shot a song in Palmyra city, in Damascus. People asked me why we had come all the way just for a song sequence. I told them we needed at least 60,000 locations a year only for the songs of the innumerable films made in our country. The statistics stunned them," he added. That "Yey Nee Romba ... " has Shaam and Sneha in the lead and that the film's songs, scored by five music directors, are a hit, are only too well known.

Lucrative mix

The audio cassette of Parthiban's "Ivan" was released recently, in the presence of veteran director K.Viswananth, M. Saravanan, Pyramid Natrajan and Manjula Vijayakumar among others. Parthiban said that the film is a mixture of sentiment, glamour, youth and appealing music, which come with a commercially viable screenplay. Audible difference

Composed by the inimitable maestro, Ilaiyaraja, the "Ivan" numbers are a mix of traditional Carnatic and peppy modern songs. Popular Carnatic singer, Sudha Raghunathan, enters the film music scene with "Ivan".

Her numbers are Carnatic based and the nuances prove a cakewalk for her. The racy songs, "Thool Podu Thoolu" sung by Karthik and Sujatha and "Mael Toppilae... Five Starlae", again by Karthik and Malgudi Subha, are youthful.

A model film

Sharp Movies ``Kathanayaki'' is a film made by a model photographer, V. M. Nagarajan, with Bangalore model, Vibha Rai, as the heroine and Prem Manoj, a model from Dubai, as the hero. Nagarajan has also written the story, screenplay and dialogue of the film.

He started his career in the film industry as make-up man and switched over to still photography. He has photographed hundreds of models and has now ventured into film production with ``Kathanayaki''. Prem Manojruns a filmmaking and Management consultancy service in the Media city of Dubai. Vibha Rai is also proficient in dance.

A few scenes and a couple of song sequences are to be picturised in and around Dubai. Bernard S. David is the cinematographer of the film that is being directed by Bharanidharan.

(Compiled by Malathi Rangarajan and S. R. Ashok Kumar)

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