Romance in the air
In Divya Meedhu Kaadhal, Madan plays many roles — director, story writer, screenplay writer and actor. The film revolves around the village youth and how truth, integrity and love are crucial part of their lives. Madan has signed up new-comer Nisha Shetty as the heroine. “The hero's character is very complex and I thought it would be easier to do it myself than trying to convince another actor. Fortunately, I had the implicit support of my producer.” The film sends out a strong message to youngsters — be careful about the path you tread in your quest for love and a blissful married life. The film has a tragic ending. “The end is not just to stir-up emotions. It is part of the script and the audience will understand the reason behind such an ending,” says Madan.
Back in the reckoning
After impressive appearances in Unnaipol Oruvan and Ninaithaale Inikkum, Anuja Iyer stayed away from the limelight, limiting herself to just doing a cameo in Yuvan Yuvathi and a guest appearance in Ko. She now plays the lead in the soon-to-be-released Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. Her director wanted her to stay away from the cameras for a refreshing look in the movie. Says Anuja, “K2K is a matured love story. Interestingly, I do not have any love song sequences; there is just a song on friendship replete with montage shots with hero Sathya. This movie is an important one in my career.”
Actor Tej, who was first seen in Kaathalukku Maranamillai and then Konjam Veyil Konjam Mazhai is busy shooting for his third film Kaandham by director by V. M. Saravanan. A love story, the movie also stars new face Rachana. “The characters and the script are sure to attract the audience like a magnet. Hence the title Kaandham. The movie is a thorough entertainer. Tej and Rachana have done their roles really well,” says Saravanan, who has worked as an assistant director with prominent film makers.
Back in time
Director Vasantha Balan along with art director Vijay Murugan has created a village with 100 hutments around Arittapatti hills near Melur in Madurai to shoot Aravaan, which takes us back to the South India of the 18th century. The cast includes Aadhi, Pasupathi, Archana Kavi and Dhansika. After the critically acclaimed Veyil and Angaditheru, Vasantha Balan is attempting this period film with a lot of conviction. Says the director, “The movie is based on Su. Venkatesan's 1,400 page novel ‘Kaval Kottam'. I have used excerpts from the book for my screenplay. The movie is socially relevant and has historical significance. Aravaan is a very challenging film for me because of the vast scale of production and the subject.”