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A shot in the arm

"123" ... the Sundaram brothers with Jyotika.

AVM'S ``GEMINI'' has lifted the sagging image of the Tamil film industry. The producers of "Gemini" — M. Saravanan, M. Balasubramaniam, M. S. Guhan and B. Gurunath — have given a hit.

After the box office disaster of ``Alli Arjuna'' director Saran has reaped success. Wherever actor Vikram goes fans call out `O Podu', the song he sings in the film. So he now signs autographs as `O Podu Chiyan Vikram'. Rajnikanth who saw the film recently met Vikram and praised his performance. Vikram says, ``Rajni sir congratulated me first and said that I must be careful not to encourage chamchas."

Success pair

Vikram may have arrived late but he has proved that he is here to stay. Golden Cine Creations has roped in the hero for their maiden production, "Thrill". Laila is the heroine. Thus the pair that earned rich dividends for "Dhil" comes together again. Manthra is the other heroine.

True to its name "Thrill" promises plenty of action, with romance and sentiment thrown in. Deva is the composer and interestingly A. R. Rahman's sister Rehana has sung a song for the film together with Anuradha Sriram.

From real to reel

The sons of yesteryear dance master Sundaram are acting as friends in a film. The film is ``123'' and all four are expecting the film to become a resounding success.

Jyotika and Prabhu Deva need a hitnow. So also does Raju Sundaram whose ``I Love You da'' is yet to be released. For the first time Nagendra Prasad has done a major role in this film.

Sheer gumption

Would anyone dare to conceive a film without a heroine or songs? Ramu Enterprises that came up with money spinning actioners such as "AK47" and "Kiran IPS" is now busy with its "Law and Order".

Sai Kumar is the hero and Ashish Vidyarthi, Saratbabu, Rami Reddy and Rocky play character roles and all the film lacks is a heroine. Thrilling stunts and action have been picturised in Chennai and Bangalore and on the busy streets of Mumbai.

The re-recording in DTS sound is another highpoint of "Law and Order", written and directed by Sivamani.

Humour time

No lover of healthy humour can forget K. Balachander's comic trysts with films like "Bama Vijayam".

His Min Bimbangal is all set to present a light hearted family drama for the small screen.

"Veettukku Veedu Looty", the daily soap, written by Vivekshankar, Chandramohan and M. V. Shivakumar and directed by Chanakya, will be aired by Jaya from May 27, 9-9.30 p.m.

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

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