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When in Malaysia...


SOMETHING ABOUT Sushmita Sen, apart from her beauty, drew the attention of those around. She was in Malaysia all right but everything from her attire to her food had also turned Malaysian overnight! Sushmita laughed as she said, "True ... but I do it always. Identifying myself with the place I go to, has been a practice with me for long now." Reason? "Well ... it brings me closer to the people of the region and it makes them feel more comfortable interacting with me. I have made many friends this way... " Popularity sure has many roads.

A lesson or two

Vikram is singing AVM's praise all the way, ever since he worked with the unit for "Gemini". "They are meticulous planners," he says. No detail, however minute, is left undiscussed and no task however trivial is left undone. "I have learnt so much about production from them".

Vikram and Kiran ... director Saran's treatment of "Gemini" promises to delight viewers.

After the Vyjayanthimala-Raj Kapoor starrer "Sangam", it is in "Gemini" that you will see shots on a sledge, picturised in Switzerland. Permission for the shots did not come easily. And if you find the scenes captivating, it is M.S. Guhan, one of the producers, whom you have to thank. He just refused to give up and his perseverance finally paid off. The film is being premiered in Singapore today. The hero, heroine, director and producer have flown there and will be back home for the preview here.

Absorbing asides

You noticed quite a few things at the music release of G.V's "Aey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukkae". Every star from Shaam, Madhavan, Srikanth, Kushboo, Sneha and Gayatri Jayaram was mobbed by autograph seekers. Yet sitting quietly beside actor Arun Kumar and watching the bustle around him was a young hero of two films — Shakti. In fact in "Karuvaellam Pookal", Shakti had been pitted against giants like Nasser and Radhika, and still managed to make an impression. That the film, directed by Poomani, went on to win awards at the Asian level, is another story. Shakti was the hero of "Manasu" too, where again he acquitted himself creditably. " The first chance was just offered to me as I was walking out of a temple ... when I had just finished my Class XII. But today I can't think of any other profession," he says. Meanwhile Shakti pursued his education too and is a computer engineer now. Gandhimohan was re-christened Shakti, when he became an actor. He now wants to revert to his original name. Shakti or Gandhi this young man deserves to succeed.

The emcee of the cassette release carnival said that the "Roja Koottam" hero has made a mark, just like cricketer Srikkanth. What he did not say is, the actor's father's name is also Krishnamachari. We have two famous Krish Srikanths among us.

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

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