Game time

Our directors never seem to run out of ideas. After films such asLagaan, Chak De and Chennai 600028 made with sports as theircentral theme, , first-time director Susindhran chose to focus on theenergetic kabaddi in his recently released Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu. Setin a rural background, the highlights of the film are natural acting andbelievable situations. Asked where he got the inspiration from,Susindhran says, "My father. He was a popular kabaddi player formany years. Even I took to the sport and played till I injured myshoulder. I have incorporated real life experiences into the film."

Girl next door

Saranya Mohan, the Malayalamactor, who stole everybody'shearts with her performance inYaaradee Nee Mohini has stuck toher girl-next-door image. She hasreceived accolades for herperformances in recently releasedfilms such as A Aa E Ee andVennila Kabaddi Kuzhu. Saranyahas decided not to do sister rolesanymore. Not a bad decision whenthe going is good for the actor.

Well begun

Rukmini Vijaykumar is her name.She spent most of her life in theU.S. This trained Bharatanatyamdancer got a dream start to heracting career when she played thelead in Bharathirajaa'sBommalaattam. The film did not dowell but it showcased herhistrionics. Even beforeBommalaattam hit the screens,Rukmini was offered a pivotal rolein Gandhi Krishna's AnandhaThandavam that has created a buzzfor its lilting tunes by G.V. Prakash.Says a confident Rukmini, "I ameager to do movies with interestingscripts. Nothing else matters."

Vijay-Raja jodi

He is known in film circles asJeyam Raja. This elder brotherof actor Jeyam Ravi and director ofa series of hits starring his brother,will for the first time step out of hisfamily production. He will directVijay, who has seen a series of flopsfrom Azhagiya Thamizh Magan tothe recently released Villu. Whencontacted Raja said he haddiscussions with Vijay and has gotthe nod to proceed. Whether it willbe Vijay's 50th film, both Vijay andRaja are not willing to divulge.They are also not telling if the filmwill be a remake or an original.Considering both have tastedsuccess only with remakes, wepresume they wouldn't want toexperiment at this stage.

NIKHIL RAGHAVAN