K. E. Gnanavelraja’s Alex Pandian, produced under the Studio Green banner, is an out-and-out commercial entertainer. Karthi and Anushka, along with Santhanam, play the main roles; the music has been scored by Devi Sri Prasad. The camera has been handled by S.Saravanan, editing is by Praveen-K.L.Srikanth, and art by Prabhakar. The film has been written and directed by Suraj.
What they say
Producer K. E. Gnanavelraja: This is the seventh film from Studio Green. I wanted to give the audience a film to match their festive mood and accordingly decided on the screenplay, which is 70 per cent comedy and 30 per cent action. I think Alex Pandian showcases Karthi at his best.
Director Suraj: Producer Gnanavelraja was very particular about a story with the right dose of comedy and action. The minute I narrated the story of Alex Pandian, he asked me to go ahead with the project. It involved a 10-day shoot with Karthi running atop a moving train. So we selected a location near Mysore where there were no overhead electricity lines. Gnanavelraja did not mind the expenditure on the shoot, as he was keen on giving Karthi a good role.
Music Director Devi Sri Prasad: The humorous story made me laugh and I was happy to score the music for a story that I liked. When I saw the completed film I was floored. What’s more the director gave me ample freedom when it came to scoring the music, which I’m sure will be enjoyed by all age groups.
Hero Karthi: After Siruthai, I wanted to do a bigger film with scope to showcase my acting skills. When director Suraj told the story, I was confident that such a role that would take my career forward. The song sequences required quite a few dance moves. Going by the appreciation I received from the unit after each scene was shot, I am sure audiences are going to enjoy the song-dance sequences.
There are five songs in the album of which ‘Onnam Class’, sung by Mukesh and Priyadarshini, and written by Vaali stands out. ‘Thakka Thayya’, sung by Karthik and written by Viveka, interspersed with dialogues mouthed by Karthi and Santhanam, is sure to make music lovers want to listen to it a second time. The same lyricist has written ‘Naalu Pakkam’, rendered well by DSP and Anitha. Karunakaran’s ‘Bad Boy’, sung by Baba Sehgal and Priya Himesh comes across as an interesting number. ‘Rayya Rayya’, sung by Javed Ali and Ranina Reddy, and written by Pa.Vijay, is also good.