A new role
Prakash Raj is thrilled about his directorial debut “Dhoni” that released this week. “When I watched the original by Mahesh Manjrekar in Marathi, I wanted to do it in Tamil. And, ‘Dhoni' has a few changes. I did not want to play the lead, but finally had to as we could not get anyone to play it,” says the actor-producer-director. So, when is his next directorial venture? “I have two stories in mind; I want to make sensible films that audience can enjoy as a family. Having said that, I must tell you acting is my priority, and I will continue to act.”
Wielding the megaphone
After donning the grease paint for 33 films, Lakshmi Ramakrishna now wields the megaphone. She says the film “Aarohanam” handles a serious subject in a lighter vein. “The film is based on an incident I witnessed. I was planning to produce it myself, but, Medimix took over the production half-way,” she says. The cast includes Viresh, Jai Guheni, Sampath, Jayaprakash, Viji Chandrasekar, Uma Padmanaban, Rajee, Abinai and Vijayasarathy. K has composed the music. Anup has produced the movie for AVA Production, in association with Monkey Creative Lab. Does she have a role in the film? “Yes, I'm following Alfred Hitchcock,” she grins. Hitchcock does a cameo in his movies!
One of the highlights of the film “Ishtam” is that it has been shot at the birth place of Charlie Chaplin. Director Prem Nissar says: “It was a satisfying experience for the crew.”
The film has Vimal and Nisha Agarwal in the lead. The film's music is scored by Thaman S.