The story goes that both Sondarya and her father Rajinikanth were so taken in by the script of Goa that director Venkat Prabhu didn’t have to convince Ochre Studios much to produce it. With Jai, Premji, Sneha and Pia in the cast, Goa “is all about a bunch of job-seeking youngsters on a holiday to Goa. The experience of growing up and taking on responsibilities, and comic situations form the crux of this youthful, next-generation story,” says Venkat Prabhu.

Noble deed

Vision X Media’s Nandi, starring Kalloori Akhil and Shanusa, and directed by Tamizhvanan, had a unique launch — with the wedding of five Sri Lankan Tamil couples from the Puzhal Refugee Camp. Says Tamizhvanan: “Nandi is Vision X Media’s first production, and we wanted to do something really auspicious. The Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are going through tough times, and so, we decided to conduct a wedding and help the couples set up home..”

A new combo

The Telugu hit Kick is being remade in Tamil as Thilalankadi by Jeyam Company, and directed by M. Raja. The film stars Jayam Ravi and Tamannaah. While the original had hit music by Thaman S, Raja has opted for Yuvan Shankar Raja for the Tamil version. Says Raja: “It is not that I undermine the talent of Thaman. But, I had a long-term commitment to do a film with Yuvan. This is my first film with Yuvan, and I’m sure the music will be a highlight of the Tamil remake.”

Twin bonanza

Singam Puli has Jeeva in his first double role — one serious and the other light-hearted. Divya Spandana is at the mercy of the twin ‘animals’ in the film, directed by Sai Ramani and produced by Silverline Film Factory. So, how does he cope with the changes in character, especially when both are shot the same day? Says Jeeva: “I haven’t found it difficult, as there are no major changes in looks. It has been challenging to do the serious part in the morning and essay the playboyish one in the afternoon.”

Ask him which of his films is closest to his heart, and he says: “E and Siva Manasula Shakti have been very enjoyable and professionally satisfying; and I am really looking forward to Singam Puli.”

NIKHIL RAGHAVAN