Mathaappoo

What it is about…

Vinayaka Productions’ Mathaappoo is produced by S. Sudalaikanraja and directed by Dhinandhorum Nagaraj. The cast comprises Jayan and Gayathri in the lead with Sithara, Geetha, Renuka and Ilavarasu in important roles. The camera is handled by C.R. Maravarman, the editing is by G.K. Mahesh, art by Moorthy S.S. and choreography by Kishore and Dhina. The music is composed by Velayudham and the background score is by Sabesh Murali. The audio was released by K. Bhagyaraj. The film is a love story woven around a family.

Music highlights

There are six songs in the album, and the best is ‘Adada Idhayam Parakiradhe’ sung by Harish Ragavendra and written by Arivazhagan. ‘Avaarampoo Onnu’ written by J. Francis Kripa and sung by Karthik is a good piece. The rest of the songs are written by Na. Muthukumar. ‘Suda Suda Odum Kaatru’ sung by Prasanna is a pleasant number as is ‘Unparvai Velichaththile’ sung by Harish Ragavendra. ‘Yaaridamum Sollaadhe’ is sung by Chinmayi, while ‘Nill Nilave’, sung by Karthik, completes the album on a happy note.

What they say

Producer S. Sudalaikanraja

Though I’m a wholesale vegetable merchant, I’ve always had a desire to produce a film. I happened to meet director Nagaraj at an event. He narrated a love story with plenty of twists and turns. I liked it so much that I offered to produce the film, and now the film is over.

Director Nagaraj

I wrote the dialogues for films such as Minnale and the romantic exchanges in Kakka Kakka. My first film as a director was Dhinandhorum. After my maiden film, I was looking for a right producer. The producer of this film was impressed with just the one line I told him!

Hero Jayan

I did my graduation in DG Vaishnav College. When I met director Nagaraj, I was impressed with the story he narrated. He told me he would take me in as the film’s hero. I learnt a lot in his acting classes for nearly eight months. Throughout the shoot, I must say, I lived my role!

Music director Velayudham

I learnt music from Veeraraghavan, who was the music conductor to the legend M.S. Viswanathan. He taught me a lot and inspired me to become a music director. This film’s music has evoked positive response.

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Strains of love: Gugan

What it is about…

GR8 Great Talkies and Mother Arts International come together for Gugan, produced by T. Devanathan Yadav and directed by Azhagappan C., who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. The story is said to capture the repercussions of love. The camera is handled by C. Arul, music is by duo Guru-Kalyan, editing by Logu and choreography by Shankar and Sriram. The cast includes Aravindh Kaladhar, Sushma Prakash, Aadukalam Naren, Panchu Subbu, Singam Puli, Mohanapriya, Arasu, Uvan Suvan, Arun, Shriya Gupta and Arul Mani. The audio was released by director K. Bhagyaraj and received by director Sashi and the principal of Alpha College, Singam.

Music highlights

‘Pullaanguzhal’ is a melodious song set in raga Shanmugapriya with lyrics by Palani Barathi. It is sung by Srisha Vijayashekar. The bamboo percussion in the song is a noteworthy effort. ‘Mudhal Murai’, sung by Amrutha along with Kalyan and Sundaram, is a duet set in raga Natabhairavi. Written by the director himself, the song uses flute, dhol and santoor to good effect. ‘Gumthalakka’ is a kuthu song written by Annamalai and sung by gana Bala and Sri Nisha. ‘Vaadaa’ a high-octane, youthful number, written by the director himself and sung with panache by Ananthu and Prabha Iyer. The song is set in raga Karaharapriya with a pleasant use of nadaswaram. ‘Thaayo Seyo’, a soothing song set in raga Keeravaani, talks about the essence of relationships. It is written by the director himself and sung by Jayashree in a beautiful way.

What they say

Producer T. Devanathan Yadav

Director Azhagappan and I are from Presidency College, and we have been friends for a long time. When Azhagappan wanted to do a film, I asked him to tell me a story. I liked what I heard; the film’s a family entertainer with a social message.

Director Azhagappan C.

My film Vannathuppoochi bagged an award from the State government. After I narrated the story of Gugan to the producer, we started the production work. In about three days, all the songs were recorded. Now the dubbing too is over, and the film is all set for release this month.

Hero Aravindh Kaladhar

Since I’m dance master Kala’s nephew, I used to be help out my aunt who was part of reality shows. Around then, Aadukalam Naren, got me the chance to act in the movie. In the film, I play a boy-next-door. The story starts off playfully and turns serious later.

Music directors Guru-Kalyan

We are brothers who started our careers with composing music for the Tamil film Maathi Yosi. We have worked on film, short-film and non-film music projects. We learnt Carnatic music from our father Ganesha Sharma.