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Enticing locations

THE UPRIGHT citizen is in action again — so after "Ezhumalai" it will be "Sarvadhikari". The complete `action king' is a police officer this time, strict yet kind ... and hence a benevolent dictator. Gazala, one of his "Ezhumalai" heroines, is the female lead. Produced by Raj Film International's Ramanathan and written and directed by K. Subhash, the film will be shot extensively in and around Hyderabad. Yet can foreign locations be left out? Nevertheless the places you will see are going to be different — the lead pair will prance around in the Netherlands and Greece. So watch out for exotica such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon — this will be the first time a Tamil song sequence is shot there.

Melody from Mumbai

Not many would have forgotten his "Oomai Vizhigal" or the visually brilliant "Inaindha Kaigal". Abavaanan is back again with "Irandu Paer". Regular TV watchers could not have missed the promos. A point of interest for light music buffs — Anu Malik, the composer from Mumbai, has sung a song for "Irandu Paer". Filmmaker Abavaanan wanted a fresh voice for the number and roped in Anu Malik and together with Indumathi's story and Prasannakumar's dialogue Aba Films plans to provide a thrilling fare.

A pat at the outset

They've already said it — "Well Done" is the name of the film and it will have a whole lot of new faces. Remember Sindhuja who made a mark in Bhagyaraj's "Sundara Kaandam"? The actress's brother Jayanth will play the lead role in "Well Done". The heroine is Chaithra an erstwhile Miss.Bangalore.

`Kalabhavan' Mani has an important role too. Ravindran, who has worked as Agathiyan's assistant, makes his debut as writer and director of this romantic venture. Well begun is half done — they have begun well ... let's hope they accomplish the rest too.

Karthik is all set for a second round. After ``Devan,'' he has got some good films, which may make the comeback bid worthwhile for this handsome actorOne of them is the film directed by Muralikrishna who has done two films, which were well-received — ``Paarvai Onre Podhume'' and ``Paesatha Kannum Paesume''. The third film which has Karthik in the lead is ``Enrum Unnai Naesippaen.'' The heroine is from Mumbai and `O Podu' fame Bharadwaj is composing music. As the director is a singer, the music director recorded the songs at a scorching pace. The film has a double climax and the songs are to be shot in a foreign location.

New talent

The scene is flooded with new talent and the latest additions are Dev and Anandhi. The film is ``Nee Kidaithal Podhum.'' Dev won the super model contest in 2001 in Chennai. After ``Enrenrum Kadal'' (Vijai) and ``Good Luck'' (Prasanth) Manoj Bhatnagar dons the mantle of music director again. He has done music for nearly 90 films and has produced nine Hindi films. Producer Shubha Sandeep is the costume designer for Ramba and Shobana. The first schedule will be in and around Chennai. The entire film will be finished by August and director D. Shivaram is confident of a September release.

In memory of the legend

A year has gone by since `Sivaji' Ganesan passed away and the Sivaji-Prabhu Trust is making efforts to make the occasion memorable by organising social service activities, the inspiration coming from the legend's sons Ramu and actor Prabhu.

The day, July 21, will be marked by blood donation, free meals, distribution of spectacles for the poor and notebooks and textbooks for deserving school students.

On the intellectual side, a symposium of poetry will be conducted. Poet Valee will be the moderator. Thenkachi Ko. Swaminathan will be the special speaker on the occasion. Both the sons of Sivaji Ganesan, actor Prabhu and Ramu, are organising the function.

Compiled by Malathi Rangarajan
S. R. Ashok Kumar

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