Ever since A. R. Rahman won the Golden Globe for Slumdog Millionaire, congratulatory messages from fans and colleagues haven’t stopped pouring in. The latest among those to have met him and gifted him a bouquet is none other than Gautham Menon. They are currently working together on Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikaalam. Rahman is also said to be doing the music for Gautham’s next project. This should be one team to look out for in 2009.

Still in the cans

The much talked about Moser Baer-Duet Films co-production Mayilu, directed by cinematographer-turned-director Jeevan, was completed almost a year ago. But the film is still in the cans. The music is by Ilaiyaraaja. The film starring newcomers Govindh and Shammu is set in a village near Madurai. The delay is said to be because of the release of Abhiyum Naanum, which was Prakash Raj’s pet project. Mayilu is expected to see the light of day in April.

Advantage Siddharth

Siddharth who makes his debut as hero in Anandha Thandavam, directed by Gandhi Krishna, is elated. Though the film is not released yet, Siddharth has been signed by Aascar Films (producer of Ananda Thandavam) to do another film to be directed by Shankar, the cinematographer of Anandha Thandavam. Shankar joins the league of directors from Jeeva’s stable of assistants and says, “This film is a thriller and has an interesting script.” We will have to wait and watch.

Out in the woods

The much-awaited Vikram, Priyamani, Prithiviraj and Prabhu starrer Asokavanam, directed by Mani Ratnam, is nearing completion. Prabhu is doing a Mani Ratnam film after nearly 20 years. The last film he did with the ace director was Anjali. The film has music by A. R. Rahman and the shooting is going on in full swing in the forests of Madhya Pradesh. An elaborate song sequence which features the casts of both the Tamil and Hindi versions was shot last week at Oocha in Jhansi. The dancers are mostly from the South and the song revolves around Abhishek, whose character is called Mitrin. Ravi Kissen, who plays Mangal, is also part of the song. An action sequence is also being shot there. The team is expected to be back in Chennai by February second week. With only post-production work remaining, the film is expected to hit the screens in summer.

NIKHIL RAGHAVAN