He may have gained tremendous experience assisting director Shankar on Enthiran and Nanban, but when Atlee decided to chart his course as a director he decided to adopt his own style of filmmaking. Raja Rani, starring Arya, Nayantara, Jai and Nazriya Nazim, is the outcome of this, says Atlee. With the scheduled release of the trailer on August 23 along with the audio CD, expectations are running high for the film. “To start with, the trailer itself will be a short narrative running to 3 minutes. I am not going to confuse the viewers with complicated images and fast cuts. The intention is to make the trailer an effective teaser,” says Atlee. As far as the film is concerned, Atlee says, “Each actor has been given almost equal screen space. Raja Rani is an emotion-packed family entertainer with loads of romance thrown in. With six songs and a strong storyline, it will be a feel-good film.” Comedy thriller

From a choreographer of films such as Santhosh Subramaniam and Saroja, he went on to assist Venkat Prabhu as co-director in Biriyani. Now on the threshold of being launched as a full-fledged director in Vadacurry, Saravanarajan is in the midst of preparations for the start of the first schedule of this film being produced by Dayanidhi Azhagiri’s Meeka Entertainment (Udhayam NH4). I have waited for this moment when my dream will come true and I am happy that Vadacurry will go on floors on August 19. Starring Jai and Swathi, the film will be a comedy thriller. The difference between my film and many others in the same genre is that there is no comedian, to start with. Though the goings-on are supposed to be fairly serious, the audience will find the situations extremely funny,” says Saravanarajan. The camera is being cranked by S. Venkatesh who had earlier assisted Velraj, while the costumes are being designed by Anusha Dayanidhi.

How Kalavadiya Pozhuthugal came about…

He has been closely observing Prabhu Deva for years. “Since 1997, I have followed his progress as a choreographer, dancer, actor and director but have always felt that his true potential as an actor has never been tapped. While it was at the back of my mind, I was proceeding with my work as a story writer and director. I had just finished another short novel titled Sarukugal (Dry leaves) and was in the process of getting it published. Just then the face of the protagonist in the novel appeared in front of my eyes — it was Prabhu Deva’s! That’s when I called off publishing the novel, wrote the script and gave it to him to read. While I was sure that he would say yes, Prabhu Deva was quite unsure why I had approached him. But within four hours of my giving the bound script to him, he said yes. That’s how Kalavadiya Pozhuthugal happened. You will find a Prabhu Deva that no one expects, least of all, himself. And, in Bhumika, I have found the right foil for the protagonist,” says Thangar Bachan.

Another ‘V’ for Ajith?

The Vijaya Productions’ film, directed by ‘Siruthai’ Siva, has finally been given a title. This 54th film of ‘ Ajith Kumar is titled Veeram. His fans will recall that some of the hit films of Ajith had the lucky alphabet ‘V’ in them — Vaali, Varalaaru and Villain. It is expected that the first look of the film will be released on August 15.