All for the Tricolour

The Kovalam Beach was unusually brimming with hundreds of students — who refused to sit for over two hours, all in respect for the national flag! Over 500 students had gathered for a song for the film “Appavi”, directed by R. Raghuraj. Written by lyricist Vairamuthu, the song was shot with these students carrying a really long national flag — 1,350 ft, to be precise, which took nearly 100 tailors to put together. The film's cast include Goutham, Suhani, ‘Bombay' Nasreen, Manobala and Sampath, with K. Bhagyaraj essaying a significant role.

A record of sorts

He's sung a few of these songs over a hundred times, but looks like everyone still loves to hear them. And, now M.J. Sriram's all set to celebrate his 100th show at a city hotel — with songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja and sung by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam. “It's been a delight to sing songs by my role models; I'm glad to have sung them week after week at the hotel. I was thrilled to see industry bigwigs such as Mani Ratnam, Suhasini, Revathy, Sneha, ‘Crazy' Mohan, Gangai Amaren and Venkat Prabhu watch me perform, having heard of me by sheer word of mouth. I've been excited since I was told maestro Ilaiyaraaja wanted to see my performance too,” says Sriram.

‘Be different'

‘Be different to make it big in the industry' seems to be director Prabhu Solomon's mantra. Chief guest at a media school's first anniversary celebrations recently, the director who gave us the hit “Mynaa”, said drive and passion were just as important to achieve our goals. “Director James Cameron was once a truck driver. If he were not driven by passion, would we have had an 'Avatar' today?” he asked.

His speech was also peppered with personal experiences. “When I aspired to be a filmmaker, I used to watch a lot of films. But, I watched them soundless, so as to not disturb the others. This proved to be a blessing as it let me focus on the shots, angles etc.,” he said. The director also said he'd been thinking about setting up a film institute in the State that covered every aspect of filmmaking. “There, of course, are many film institutes, but they do not cover all the departments of filmmaking,” he said.

Keywords: Tamil cinema