After running into several obstacles legal and otherwise, Kamal Haasan’s Viswaroopam was at last released on February 7. Grossing more than Rs. 200 crore, the film is still said to be running to packed houses worldwide. The question that’s now uppermost in everybody’s mind is when the sequel will be released. Sources in the industry say it is likely to release in August as Kamal has completed most of it and is fine-tuning it. Talks are reportedly on with a big production house which has evinced interest in the film that’s written and directed by Kamal. As for the cast, industry sources say, it’s the same as Viswaroopam — Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur and Rahul Bose. Meanwhile, Kamal was in the news again after he participated in the New York Festival’s International Film and TV Awards’ NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show on television in Las Vegas recently. Kamal was on the NAB panel along with Pooja Kumar on ‘Bollywood beyond Borders,’ which explored the international appeal of Bollywood cinema. The session also commemorated 100 years of Indian cinema, giving viewers behind-the-scene glimpses of Viswaroopam, reportedly the first Indian film to use the new Auro 3D sound technology

Jiiva is busy

Shooting schedules keep Jiiva on his toes. He could barely spare an hour’s time at a recent press meet he attended with ace cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran in connection with his upcoming film Yaan. While some of the song and action sequences in Yaan are to be shot in Morocco, Jiiva is headed to Australia to shoot for another film. And the rest of the year is to be spent shooting in Switzerland. But the hectic pace has only brought joy to Jiiva who says, “I enjoy the discipline and work culture on the sets of Yaan. No one wastes time. Besides, cinematographer Ravi has ensured that I look my best. I am happy to act alongside Thulasi Nair, a warm and talented young actor.”

Going viral

What’s the latest Tamil song that’s going viral with over a lakh hits in a couple of days? It’s ‘Podhum Podhum’ from the film Virattu, and needless to say, the entire unit is enjoying its success. The soft rock number, composed by Dharan and sung by Andrea Jeremiah and Naresh Iyer with lyrics by Madhan Karky, has been shot as a music video featuring the same artistes. Director Kumar T describes Virattu as a thriller. “The action drama unfolds on board a train from Thailand to Malaysia. The song is refreshing because of its genre — that’s not heard often in the Tamil film industry.” The cast comprises Sujiv Kumar, Pragya Jaiswal and Erica Fernandes, with Manobala and Suman Shetty taking care of the comedy. Siruthai Amith is the hero’s best friend. Actor Sriman’s brother Prabhakar also plays an important part. The film is produced by White Candy Entertainment.

Vijay Antony in Salim

Naan shot music composer Vijay Antony into the limelight as a talented actor. He is now into his second film Salim, directed by Nirmal. Incidentally, Vijay donned the role of a Muslim in his debut film. Producer Fathima Vijay Antony expressed satisfaction at the way Salim had been scripted and was confident the film would be a success. “My husband has begun composing the songs already, so he will have ample time to dedicate to his role,” she said.