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ROMANTIC: Thoovaanam.
ROMANTIC: Thoovaanam.

S.R.ASHOK KUMAR

Thoovaanam, a love tale, captures subtle moments and moods.

The place was Pushpa Garden, a little ahead of Porur away from the madding crowd. The location is big enough to make room for ten shootings. It was a weekday and one found Aditya and Nethra sitting near a shady tree engaged in conversation and writing something. What are they scripting? The scene was for Sri Vaishnavi Productions and Sri Veeramathiamman Movies "Thoovaanam" directed by Haricharan and Newton. It is a love story all right as director Haricharan explains. "This is a story about a `nice' guy Karthi who comes from an affluent family, an interior designer by profession. He has three friends from varied backgrounds, two of them Abbas and Abdullah are owners of a shop at Burma Bazaar, and Shiva is working at a call centre. They are roommates. Karthi happens to meet the heroine Anu and her two friends and promptly falls in love with her. Does she reciprocate? Much drama is involved here. Watch out for the climax," says the director with a twinkle in his eye. "The title was chosen for its poetic depth," says Haricharan. "Thoovaanam is that mood of nature when the rain has stopped but a fine drizzle persists leaving the air moist, neither cold nor warm. It also implies in real life that we come across such situations a lost friendship, a broken bond or a lasting love that goes haywire. We just have to learn to live with it and move on, but the deep impact is always there within us."

Humorous scene

So where do Aaditya and Nethra enter the picture? Newton said that it was a humorous scene where the heroine, Anu played by Nethra, tries to learn to write a letter to her father in Tamil. Karthi, played by Aaditya, is making the attempt to help her write. A small budget film, it has all the ingredients of a commercial Tamil entertainer. The members of Haricharan's family are working as assistant directors. Wife Rekha Haricharan, who designed the costumes for `Abithakuchalambal' ("Sethu") is working again for this film. Their two daughters Sraiyanti and Smrithi are with the pen and pad as assistants. Madhu Ambat has handled the camera. Music is by Isaac Thomas Kotukkapalli.

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