Cricket to cinema
Despite coming from a family associated with motorsports, Suhail Chandhok took to cricket. But, a knee injury forced him to give that up. Then, he did a video How I Met Your Mother feat. Johnny Vetrivel and posted it on YouTube. That's how new avenues opened up for Suhail. Actor Ajith Kumar chanced upon the video and approached Suhail's father, veteran racer Vicky Chandhok to find out if the youngster would like to act in 'Siruthai' Siva's forthcoming film for Vijaya Productions in which the actor is starring. Suhail is thankful to Ajith for having faith in his capabilities and giving him this opportunity. Suhail remembers how Ajith entered the film industry after undergoing a few surgeries following a motorbike accident, which kept him out of motorsports for a while.
A monumental fight sequence involving 6000 people and shot at a budget of Rs. 4 crore! When the producer is Aascar Ravichandran, this kind of grandeur is routine. The all-important fight scene was shot for the N. Kalyanakrishnan-directed Bhooloham in the temple town of Tiruvannamalai, over 10 days. Featuring Jeyam Ravi and Arpeet Ranga, the sequence also involved 4000 students from various colleges in the town, 1000 junior artists from Chennai, 150 trained athletes and over 500 sportspersons.
Director Venkatesh Kumar is extremely happy with the song veteran composer M. S. Viswanathan has sung for Satish Chakravarthy’s (his father is music director Thayanban) composition in the film Neelam. The song titled ‘Alayae O Alayae’ has lyrics by Yugabarathi. “Working with a legend like MSV is a dream-come-true. It is an unforgettable moment in my life which I will treasure for years. The song has a lot of meaning and I plan to make intense visuals,” says Venkatesh. Sree is the hero of the film.
Paradesi to go places
The maker of movies such as Sethu, Nanda and Pithamagan is now awaiting the release of Paradesi. Director Bala's Paradesi, starring Atharva, Dhansika and Vedhika in key roles, takes a look at the plight of tea estate workers in pre-independence India. Like his previous films, Paradesi is realistic, dark and meaningful. This film has attracted the attention of Bollywood’s acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap who plans to screen Paradesi with English and Hindi sub-titles in Central and North India.