Sundar C is back doing what he does best — remakes. He is going to remake the 1980s hit Murattu Kalai starring Rajnikant. Selvabharathy, who directed films such as “Ninaithen Vanthai” and “Vaseegara”, is the director of this film, produced by Gunanidhi Amirtham, grandson of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, under his Soorya Productions banner. Sundar will play Rajnikant’s role, while Sneha will play Rati’s role. Suman is the bad man, a role made memorable by Jaishankar in the original. And the comedy track enacted by Suralirajan is going to be done by Vivek in the new version. The original film had great music by Ilayaraaja. Remember the superhit number “Pothuvaga en manasu thangam”? The remake will feature a remix of this popular song by Sreekanth Deva. Shooting will begin in the first week of December with the train fight scene in Shencottah. The new Murattu Kalai is scheduled for an April 2009 release.

Tamil debut

Lal Jose, one of Malayalam cinema’s popular directors is making his debut in Tamil with Mazhai Varapoguthu. It features newcomers Anandsamy and Reema. Music is by Vidyasagar. The shooting will start by December first week. The story is set in a village near Theni. Says Lal Jose: “I take up an assignment if I have a story to narrate. The film is about water scarcity in rural areas and the craze for cinema among villagers.”

Cut, cut, cut

Who on earth would have thought ace director Mani Ratnam would be asked to cut down his budget? But Adlabs has asked him to cut the cost of his film-in-the-making, Raavan, by 50 per cent — from Rs. 120 crore to Rs. 60 crore. Neither Mani nor the COO of Adlabs was available for comment. However, the shooting of the film is going on in full swing in the forest areas of Kerala.

Major line-up

Director Lingusamy is waiting for Selvaraghavan to complete the shooting of Aayirathil Oruvan to commence work on his next film. Karthi, who plays the lead in Selvaraghavan’s film is also the hero of Lingusamy’s latest venture. Lingusamy is also producing a slew of films, including the Nathiya starrer Pattalam, under his Thirupathy Films banner. Buzz is that Lingusamy will make a film with Mammooty soon. It would be directed by one of his associates. It may be recalled that Lingusamy’s maiden venture Anandham featured Mammooty in the lead.

On a high note

Singer Devan is on a high after lending his voice to the lead character in Roadside Romeo for the Tamil and Telugu versions. But what he is happier about is the chance he got to score music for a film titled Bale Pandya, which stars Prasanna and is directed by renowned graphic designer Sidharth. Sidharth’s claim to fame was his innovative poster designs for Shankar’s Boys.