Name game

After facing flak for originally naming his film ‘Porukki’ (the Sundar C. starrer was later released as ‘Sanda’), director-producer Shakti Chidambaram has begun to play it safe. This time he has settled for ‘Rajaadhi Raja’ — the title of a Rajini film of the 1980s. The hero is Raghava Lawrence. “I’ve done five films in a row with Satyaraj, before I opted for S.J. Suryah (‘Vyabaari’) and then Sundar C. Repeating the same hero was making me too predictable. Lawrence impressed me in ‘Paandi.’ ‘Rajadhi Raja’ has six heroines — Mumtaz, Meenakshi, Kiran, Snigdha, Samiksha and Kaamna,” says Chidambaram. Incidentally, all his heroes are directors themselves.

Significant dimension

The shooting of ‘Dindigul Sarathi’ is almost over and its hero Karunas is a happy man. “It’s a light film about a man, who has a complex about his ordinary looks. The universality of the theme made me take it up. A beautiful girl becomes his wife and what follows is the story,” says Karunas. A remake of Srinivasan’s Malayalam film, ‘Vadakku Nokki Enthiram,’ ‘ … Sarathi’ has Karthika as heroine. “Three years ago Srinivasan himself wanted to make it in Tamil and approached me, but I hesitated because comedians turning heroes has not always been fruitful. But later the theme made me change my mind,” says Karunas. Sivashanmugan who made the meaningful Prashanth film, ‘Thagappansami,’ directs ‘Dindigul Sarathi.’

Strong points

Arvind Vinod, a VJ on Sun Music, turns hero with director Muralikrishna’s ‘Balam.’ “He’s a new face all right, but the TV experience has made him very comfy with the camera,” says Muralikrishna. A film targeting youth, ‘Balam’ has model Deepa Chari from Mumbai as heroine. “She’s already done a Hindi film called ‘Kabuthar.’ She came over for a photo shoot and astounded us by striking 180 different poses in just about an hour!” he adds. Impressed with the role offered to her, Suhasini joins the cast that includes Rehman, Kanja Karuppu and Santhanam. Yugendran is the composer. “We’ve worked on the music for 40 days and all the five numbers have come out well. The song sung by SPB is bound to be a highlight.”

Successful SAC finds

S.A. Chandrasekaran’s ‘Pandhayam’ is gearing up for release and the camp’s current favourite, Vijay Antony, is the composer. Including Antony, the director’s introductions have by and large blossomed well. Nithin Sathya has been roped in for the lead role. The young actor who showed promise even in his earlier films is being pitted against Prakashraj, who plays the baddie. “Nithin will go places after ‘Pandhayam,’” says SAC. “It was with my ‘Sattam Oru Iruttarai’ that Vijayakanth made a mark. Why, actors Rehman, Mamta Kulkarni and Simran shot to fame with my films,” he adds. Of course, the most successful of them all is Vijay — whom dad SAC made hero in his ‘Naalaiya Theerpu.’ Nithin is the next in line.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN