The audio CDs of Mounaguru and Kazhugoo were launched recently

Mounaguru

What it is about…

Mohana Movies' Mounaguru, produced by M. K. Thamilarasu, features Arulnidhi and Iniya in the lead. John Vijay, Uma Riyaz Khan, Krishnamurthy and Sujatha form the supporting cast. Mahesh Muthusamy has handled the camera, while Taman S. has scored the music. Raja Mohamed has taken care of the editing, and the stunts are by Dilip Subarayan. The audio of Mounaguru was released recently.

As for the storyline, it's about a youth who gets into trouble for the mistakes he has not committed. How he comes out of it is told in an interesting way.

What they say ….

Director Santha Kumar: The film is an edge-of-the-seat thriller. A crime drama, it has interesting twists and turns. We took five days just to shoot the scene that comes before the interval where hero Arulnidhi had to be on his knees for most of the time. However, it appears for just 10 minutes in the film. Similarly the climax sequences were shot over a period of 15 days. There is no lip movement song or dance number in the film, but only montage numbers — we did not want to picturise the songs on the protagonists for fear that it might impede the flow of the narrative.

Hero Arulnidhi: I have done two films — Vamsam (a village subject) and Udhayan (an urban theme). I feel the role of Karunakaran I play in Mounaguru will make people take notice of me. The second half of the film is faster than the first half. Unexpected twists and turns make it more interesting.

Producer M. K. Thamilarasu: After Vamsam, when we wanted to start our next production and many came forward to pitch their storylines to us. But it was the story narrated by Santha Kumar, who earlier worked as an associate to director Dharani in Dhill, Dhool and Ghilli, that impressed me the most. Ready with the screenplay, he told the story in the form of scenes which helped us visualise the film. This was the main reason for us to go ahead with the film.

Music director Thaman S.: I agreed to do this film as I felt I had enough scope for re-recording work. Normally if a film has good re-recording, it succeeds at the box office. All the songs have come out well and I feel the film will be a winner.

Music highlights: The album comprises four tracks. The first one, ‘Pudhupunal', is an intelligent mix of the old and the new. Sung by Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Sam and MLR. Karthikeyan, it has the old hit ‘Jambulingame Jadathara' with new lyrics written by the same, inimitable Vaali. The next one is ‘Yennayidhu' written by Na. Muthukumar and sung by Rahul Nambiyar, Ranjith, Rita and Ramya. ‘Anaamika', written by Karky, is a beautiful duet by Karthick and Harini. The last on the album is the theme, which is instrumental.

Kazhugoo

What it is about…

Talking Times Movies' third production is Kazhugoo, starring Kreshna, Bindu Madhavi, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunaas and Jayaprakash. Directed by Sathyashiva S., the movie has cinematography by Sathya P. and music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Praveen Shrikanth has taken care of the editing. An entertainer with a mix of comedy, love, sentiment and action, the film was shot in Munnar. The audio of Kazhugoo was released recently at Sathyam Cinemas. S. A. Chandrasekaran, Shoba Chandrasekaran, Sarath Kumar, R. K. Selvamani, Sakthi Chidambaram and Vishnu Vardhan graced the occasion.

What they say…

Hero Kreshna: We have all heard about people committing suicide, but have we ever spared a thought for those involved in retrieving the bodies, especially in a hill station? I play this challenging role. I decided to do some homework — I contacted Arumugam of Kodaikanal, who does this job, and spent nearly three months with him to acquaint myself with his lifestyle and mannerisms. These observations helped me a lot while shooting.

Producer ‘Pattiyal' Shekar: As a producer, I want each of my movies to be different. When the director narrated the script to me, it seemed new. Since it revolved around the dead, I insisted that there should be a liberal dose of comedy in it. And the director has done a good job of the screenplay.

Director Sathyashiva: It is not easy to satisfy the Tamil audience — you need to come up with something creative and new. Born and brought up in Munnar, I have come across many tourists and observed the pain parents undergo when their children take their lives owing to love failure. I thought this must be conveyed to the audience in the right way. I thank my producer for giving me the liberty to choose the technicians and the music director. I chose Yuvan Shankar Raja, as I knew music would be the backbone of the movie.

Music Director Yuvan Shankar Raja: The songs are of different genres and take the story forward. One of them is about love spanning three generations — the Seventies, the Nineties and the present. I too have sung a song, which is my favourite. Two montages were shot and with the help of the visuals I composed the tunes and the lyrics were written by Na. Muthukumar and Snegan.

Music Highlights

There are five songs in the album, each one bearing the stamp of Yuvan Shankar Raja. The first, ‘Ambalaikum Pombalaikum' written by Snehan and sung by Krishnaraj, Velmurugan and Sathyan, is interesting. Priya mesmerises us with her solo number ‘Athadi Manasuthan' written by Na. Muthukumar. The same song is rendered effectively by Karthikraja. The music director himself has sung ‘Pathakathi Kannupattu,' the best of the lot. ‘Vadi Vadi', written by Eknath and sung by Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Suvi Suresh and Anitha, brings the album to an end.

Keywords: MounaguruKazhugoo