Yen for melody

Writer-director Jayamurugan has an ear for music. The songs of his first film, Roja Malarae that had Murali in the lead, were on everybody’s lips then. This time round, he’s not only written the lyrics but has also composed the music, along with Thomas, for his next directorial venture, Adada Enna Azhagu. (Haven’t you heard a similar sounding title before?) Jai Akash and Nicole are the lead players, and joining them in the cast are Raghuvaran, Ashish Vidyarti and Aishwarya. For comedy, there’s Karunas. After a stint in Ooty, the Adada… unit is busy shooting in Chennai, following which it proposes to move to Hyderabad. Will Akash churn out a hit this time?

Laudable attempt

Sathyajothi Films’ 14th production, Jayamkondan, took off yesterday with the shooting commencing at a village near Madurai. The production house, which has carved a niche for itself for its worthy attempts from Moondram Pirai to Parthiban Kanavu, and the more recent hit, Em Magan, is the one that gave Mani Ratnam his first break, Pagal Nilavu. Now it is the turn of Ratnam’s associate, R. Kannan to wield the baton for Jayamkondan. Playing hero is Vinay, whose second project it is, after Unaalae Unaalae. Bhavana teams up with him. She plays a basketball player in the film, for which she underwent a rigorous one-week practice session recently. That’s authenticity in action, Bhavana style!

Mistaking reel for real!

Illicit arrack trade thrives in the neighbouring areas of Aarur village, in Tamil Nadu, and the police had rounded up a gang just the week before. So when Karan was chased through their streets and caught by the ‘Law’ for dealing in arrack, the villagers, thinking the actor was actually involved in the trade, were shocked! It was later that they got to know the scenes were part of the shooting for Karan’s Kathavarayan! Post Kokki, Karan’s choice of roles have taken a turn for the better and naturally expectations about his projects are high. Kathavarayan too, you hear, has a formidable line. The film is ‘Salangai’ Durai’s debut directorial attempt. But he has made a mark in Telugu as the storywriter of the Vishnu starrer, D.

Music, its mainstay

“Can you believe it? The maestro composed all the five songs for my film in 30 minutes flat. Ilaiyaraja’s music is the mainstay of my film,” says Chandarnath, director of Kangalum Kavi Paadudhey, in which six young faces make their entry. “When I narrated the story to Ilaiyaraja, he was very impressed and suggested the opening sequence. And that’s how Kangalum… will begin,” he says. A film institute product, Chandarnath has worked under director Mouli, and later P. Vasu for 36 films, and he’s directed eight. “All the three boys and three girls of Kangalum … have done a great job. And the story will appeal to all age groups,” he assures. After wrapping up the shoot in 36 days, Chandarnath is now busy with the post production work of the film.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN