After the success of his debut film in Hindi Raanjhana, Dhanush is going places. His next in Hindi is to be directed by R. Balki, who directed Amitabh Bachchan in Paa. Dhanush recently tweeted that he was looking forward to working with the Big B and Balki. The yet-to-be-titled film will have cinematography by none other than P.C. Sreeram. Balki’s favourite, Ilaiyaraaja, is to score the music for this movie. Akshara Haasan, Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter, is also expected to be part of this film.

A film on Tamils in Sri Lanka

Director Haricharan was on an exploratory trip to Sri Lanka in connection with his new project. The film will be based on their troubles as well as their success stories. Two international production houses have approached him to shoot a film on the Tamils living in Sri Lanka. Haricharan drove from Colombo to Jaffna and met a cross-section of the local population. He says, “In spite of the heightened security there, I managed to extensively photograph the remains of the war in Sri Lanka including portions of Prabhakaran’s hideout. I also met Ami Vitale, an international photojournalist who has worked with National Geographic, Newsweek and Time among other leading magazines. She has travelled to more than 80 countries and witnessed civil unrest, destruction of life, poverty and unspeakable violence.” The director wants to involve experienced journalists like her to get valuable inputs while scripting and subsequently shooting the film.

Net gain

AVM Productions, which has been in the business of producing films for four generations, is all set to launch a film on the Internet for audiences across the world. This 55-minute film, titled ldhuvum Kadanthu Pogum, stars Shivaji Dev, Ravi Raghavendar and Shilpa Bhatt in key roles. Directed by Anil Krishnan and Srihari Prabhaharan, the film has been produced by AVM. Saravanan, M.S. Guhan and his daughters Aruna Guhan and Aparna Guhan. Talking about the film, Aruna Guhan said that they were thankful to their father and grandfather for allowing them to do something new. “A feel-good movie, its theme is different from the ones we have done earlier. We worked for nearly four months and have come out with this project, which I am sure will be liked by one and all.”

Fifty years and still going strong

Music director (Shankar) Ganesh has completed 50 years in the film industry. He has scored the music for more than 1000 films in all the south Indian languages and Hindi. Even today, he is busy with over half a dozen films in Tamil. Speaking at an event organised to felicitate him, he said, “I requested Kavignar Kannadasan to give us a film; but that film, Nagarathu Thirudargal, did not get released at all. Then we scored the music for Nan Yaar Theriyuma which was under production for a long time. So Kannadasan took me to producer Chinnappa Devar who gave us Magarasi which went on to become a hit. That’s why the opening credits always refer to me as ‘Kavignar Vazhangiya Devarin Shankar Ganesh’.”

Talking about Harris Jayaraj, who was the chief guest, he said, “One day Harris came to meet us as a little boy. I asked him to play on a guitar and we recorded it and used it in a film which made the boy happy. My son gifted my keyboard to him and we wished him good luck. I am glad that he has become a popular music director today.” Sarigamapathani Krishna organised the event at which he presented a concert of songs composed by Shankar Ganesh.