Of a son and son-in-law
Mithun’s earlier films did little for his career. Recently the actor had his name changed to Raghav for director T.P. Gajendran’s ‘Maganae En Marumaganae.’ “We’ve again decided to retain the hero’s original name,” informs Gajendran. ‘Maganae …’ is Gajendran’s 23rd venture as director. Playing an equally important role is Vivek, who is being paired with Yamini Sharma of ‘Indralogathil Na. Azhagappan.’ “‘Maganae …’ is a story set in a small town and highlights the importance of familial ties. “It will have plenty of comedy too. With Vivek doing a solid role it has to be so, isn’t it?” laughs Gajendran.
M3V and more
The film has about 100 new faces! And the title is ‘Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai’ — ‘M3V’ in short. Rather intriguing, because when translated it reads ‘From Beginning to Beginning!’ Krishnan Seshadri Gomatam, writer and director of ‘M3V’ explains: “The film is like a puzzle. Generally you say ‘from beginning to end.’ But when ‘M3V’ ends it will appear like another new beginning … as if it has come a full circle. That should explain the title. The climax will give the movie a different meaning altogether.”
The ‘Poi Solla Porom’ promo number on TV, with a buoyant Nasser, Nedumudi Venu, Mouli and others is impressive. A similar attempt was made for ‘Nala Damayanti’ when an English number composed by Ramesh Vinayakam and sung by Kamal Haasan was used for the small screen circuit. “It’s a light-hearted film with a significant message,” says the film’s director Vijay. “Every actor fits the role perfectly,” he assures. “Karthik Kumar, for example. He is the typical city bred boy-next-door I wanted. He’s done a splendid job.”
Coming back with humour
After a long period in hibernation, Murali will don the grease paint for ‘Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi.’ The hero has not been in circulation for nearly six years now. Vishwa is the other leading man. Conceived as a full length comedy, ‘Enga Raasi …’ is being directed by Ravi-Raja. This is the first time the duo is attempting humour. Murali has already proved his mettle in levity in ‘Sundara Travels.’ Whether he will be able to recreate the magic is to be seen. Shooting is over and post-production work is going on.