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The long and short of it...

FANS OF Kamal and young Madhavan have news to savour. Both are coming together for Lakshmi Movie Makers' ``Anbae Sivam." The title is drawn from Thirumoolar's Thirumandiram. But there the spiritual connection ends. Sivam is Kamal's name in the film and Anbae is nothing but Dear, so widely used to address people. What is Madhavan doing in the venture? The two are acquaintances and the story, which incidentally is penned by Kamal, underlines the greatness of love. And Kamal plans to appear in a different get-up and will go to the U.S. for make-up. Additional info is that he will fly to Toronto to finish the song sequences for ``Panchatantram." Now the million dollar question. Who is the leading lady? Well, it may not be Simran. Kamal has left it to director Priyadarshan to decide. Vidyasagar will be composing music, his first picture with Kamal.

With social consciousness

Indra Innovations is coming out with a short film titled "Eclipse", written and directed by Mano Akkineni. Mano, the granddaughter of film-maker L. V. Prasad, has worked as Santhosh Sivan's associate, in his path-breaking endeavours such as "Malli" and "Terrorist". "Eclipse" is not Mano's first short film. She has also made three other short films — "Smoking", " Child Labour" and "Pollution". If "Smoking" portrays the hazards of smoking, "Child Labour" exposes the selfishness of parents who send their children away to work at a very young age, while they advise others on a whole lot of things. In fact, blaming others and preaching are traits so very common among us. Mano dwells on these in "Pollution".

Indra Innovations's next venture will be a full-length feature film on a big budget, with a leading hero. The film will have five heroines.

A different scene

They revel in defying norms — be it in anchoring or plain acting. But they are an astute twosome. So following the "making hay ... " maxim, Bosskey and City Babu, familiar to Jaya TV watchers as Hari and Giri of the Hari-Giri Assembly show, have formed a theatre group. No marks for guessing what they call it. Hari-Giri Theatres's first play, a comedy (what else?) titled "Kettavanukku Nallavan" will be inaugurated tomorrow (March 30), at the R.R. Sabha Hall under the auspices of Karthik Fine Arts. The slapstick venture, scripted and dramatised by Bosskey, is directed by T. D. Balu.

An exciting line-up

You could call it recycling, rehashing or redefining ... But you have to give it to them... the STAR Vijay programming team is constantly working out new ways of packaging existing concepts and most of the time manage to do it impressively. "People here hate to be shocked. They prefer things they are used to ... " says Pradeep Milroy Peter, executive producer. So STAR Vijay is planning five new shows — well, not exactly new ... but they come with innovative strokes. Journalist Madhan will present the much-watched film review programme, Shihan Husseini and Hemamalini (wife of singer Yugendran) promise enjoyable verbal duels in the cookery shows they are to anchor, for lovers of vintage cinema music that cannot but have Kavignar Kannadasan as the fulcrum, "Nenjam Marapadillai" comes with Vishali Manoharan as the anchor, and the top five movies of the week will be presented by Uma Padmanabhan and James Vasanthan, in their inimitable style. Of course, the show has been conceived quite differently. And Pradeep informs that a talk show on the burning issues of the week is on the anvil. The programmes will be aired on Sunday mornings. "We are sure this will work out. Between seven and 10 p.m. on other days it is a different story altogether," says Suresh Iyer. It is, literally, with the hours being `mega' fever time.

(Compiled by S.R. Ashok Kumar and Malathi Rangarajan.)

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