Talking about a task is one thing, but doing it is yet another. What actor Shanthanoo did as part of his role in his next film Ammavin Kaipesi has had a profound impact on him.
Says Shanthanoo: “My character in the film works in a tannery. All these days, I’ve been buying wallets and shoes made of leather. Now, when I look at them, the first thing that strikes me is what I did in the tannery for the shoot. I had to clean hide just the way the workers do. I did it for just a couple of hours, but the stench was so strong I couldn’t bear it and my skin started burning. Most workers toil like this from morning to evening.” “In this regard, I wish the government takes steps to provide these workers with appropriate gear and equipment to improve their work environment.”
Ego promises fun
Director S. Sakthivel, who shot into the limelight with his Kandha Kottai, which featured Nakul, Poorna and Santhanam in the lead, is busy with his next film titled Ego.
Newcomer Velu, who holds an engineering degree from the U.S., plays the lead along with Anaswara. Bala of Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal fame is also part of the cast.
“How unexpected events cause turmoil in the lives of the protagonist and his love interest is what this entertainer is about. Full of fun, it will appeal to all audiences,” says a source.
While the first schedule was shot in Coimbatore, Pollachi and Udumalpet, the second took place at Chennai and Hyderabad. The songs have been shot in New Zealand.
Offscreen to onscreen
If all goes well, music director G. V. Prakash may soon turn hero. Sources close to the music director say he is to play the lead in a film to be directed by Rajashekar, an assistant of A. R. Murugadoss.
Says a source: “Work on the film, a musical, is to begin by the end of January next year. Murugadoss has been instrumental in convincing Prakash to don the greasepaint.”
Prakash, however, is busy completing his musical projects at the moment.
Conclave of stars
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s annual Media & Entertainment Business Conclave (MEBC) is to be held on October 16 and 17 this year and will commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. Over 600 delegates are expected to attend the event, including stars such as Kamal Haasan, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Dileep, Jayaram and Shobana.
Addressing a press conference in this regard, FICCI MEBC Chairman Kamal Haasan said that several workshops and master classes, including one on digital filmmaking with Red, would be held during the event.