Now that Arrambam has hit the screens, actor Ajith Kumar is all set to join the team of Veeram, his next film. To be directed by Siva, the film will have Tamannaah playing his love interest. Its first look will be released shortly. After Veeram comes Gautham Vasudev Menon’s project, to be produced by Sri Sathya Sai Movies. It’s said to be a stylish entertainer with a new look for Ajith. Meanwhile, the first look of Vikram Prabhu’s Sigaram Thodu will be launched in a week.

Art to art direction

Abdul Rauff Nisthar started his career as an artist, and has held exhibitions of his works in his home town Madurai. Seeing his talent, director Bharathiraja asked him to work in the film industry. Incidentally, director Balu Mahendra bought Abdul’s painting of an old man. “Director Bharathiraja was moved and speechless when I presented him a painting of his mother. Directors Bala, Ameer, Prathepan, actors Vasanthabalan, Revathi and many others from the film industry have appreciated my work,” says Abdul who also sculpts, and works with plaster of Paris. “I am doing art direction for three films — Ulagan, Immaa and Naa Pudicha Muyalukku Naalu Kaalu. I look forward to films that can showcase my talent.”

Singing with a legend

Dhanush is delighted. And why not? For his 25th film Velai Illa Pattathari, the actor gets to sing with legendary singer S. Janaki, who has returned after a break. “I do not know how to thank her for singing with me. I feel lucky, and all of us are happy that her comeback film is ours.”