Oscar nomination

His DAM 999 may not have met with the desired success in his homeland, India, but NRI producer-director Sohan Roy (Biz TV) seems to have another winner up his sleeve. His forthcoming production, Saint Dracula 3D, directed by Rupesh Paul has been included in the preliminary list of nominations for Best Feature Film category for the 85 Oscars. Says Rupesh, whose earlier attempt, My Mother’s Laptop (2008) didn’t quite do well, “Saint Dracula 3D is an out and out British production with Mitch Powell in the lead role opposite Patricia Duarte. The background score and songs, which have also been nominated in the respective categories, are by Srivalsan J. Menon from Kerala. Since my first film, I have been making several short films and when I got this opportunity to do a film for Biz TV, I was quite elated. I am glad that the film has been getting the required attention and hope it will make it to the final list. This in itself proves that the film has good content.” Saint Dracula 3D is making India proud along with another movie Akashathinte Niram (Colour of the Sky) by Malayalam film director Dr. Biju, which also got nominated in the Best Film category. India also has two nominations in the animation category, for films, Delhi Safari and Hey Krishna.

Marriage and masti

After Kumki, producer-director N. Lingusamy’s Tirupathi Brothers has moved on to their next film,. Fresh from experience as associate to director Krishna Vamsi, B.V. Nandini will direct Siddarth and Samantha in their Dum Dum Pee Pee. For Siddarth, 2013 will be a busy year with Vetrimaran’s NH4 and Sundar C’s Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru. Says Lingusamy, “Marriages form the backdrop of the film. Dum Dum Pee Pee is a colourful musical entertainer meant for a family audience.”

Spooky tale

The story of Siruvani is by Rajesh Kumar who specialises in crime stories and supernatural tales. With producer-director ‘Racecourse’ Raghunath at the helm, Siruvani is about the unusual happenings in the popular forest/river Siruvani near Coimbatore and the scary experiences of some college students visiting it. Starring Sanjay and Aiswarya, Siruvani is a crime thriller, with a liberal dose of romance. “Murders that happen in the forest area form the background of the movie and the whole story is set against the picturesque backdrop of Siruvani forest and river. Thanks to the State Government, we received special permission to shoot the film in the forest. One speciality of the story is that the audience will know what is happening or about to happen in the scenes while the actors are unaware of the lurking dangers. That’s how the script has been written,” says Raghunath.

Love and bonding

Actor Nasser’s first directorial venture was Avatharam (1995) which was followed by Devathai (1997), Maayan (2001) and Popcorn (2003). He is now busy with Sun Sun Thatha in which his son Abi is being introduced. “Actually, the film was completed two years ago when my son was around 12 years, but it was not meant to be his debut film. I kept it in abeyance for some time but decided recently to complete it. In fact, a month ago, it was released for two shows in just one theatre. Now, I plan to do a full-fledged release in many theatres. Sun Sun Thatha is a story of a boy, his father and a god-father. I play Abi’s father while Dato Jamali Sadath, a Malaysian actor, plays the god-father. It is the story of a lonely boy who yearns for his parents’ love and affection, they being constantly away on work. That’s where the god-father comes in and the movie is all about their bonding,” says Nasser.