S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
Sami's `Uyir' is getting ready with Ooty as the backdrop.
The big high school ground on the Poonamallee High Road opposite Pachayappa's College was taken over by the unit of ``Uyir." One saw hero Srikanth zooming in on a motorcycle while heroine Samvritha came driving a car. Eyes meet and another love story is born. The debutant director Sami wanted to take the shots from different angles. Turning around he said, "This is only a patch work. Major portion of the film was shot in and around Ooty. It is a love story with a difference. It has all the ingredients of a box office hit. And I have taken care to maintain standards." One can expect quality stuff from Sami. After all, he has worked under Cheran and Parthepan. He is also in charge of the story, screenplay and dialogue here. This is Samvritha's first film in Tamil. She has done six films in Malayalam, three of them with big stars including Mammootty (Nerariyan CBI), Mohanlal (Chandrolsavam) and Dileep (Rasigan). She has also acted in three non-commercial films which might fetch her a few awards. "I got some offers to act in Tamil after `Rasigan.' But I did not accept them. I was keen that my launch should be through a real good film. When I heard the story of `Uyir,' I thought there was scope for me. Both Srikanth and camerawomen Fowsia helped me a lot with talking in Tamil. Now I have really picked up the language." "It is a good love story with a thriller element in it," said Srikanth. ``The hero encounters an obstacle, unusual in nature. We have `Pithamagan' Sangeetha also in it. All the three have really worked hard to make viewing absorbing," he said. How was weather in Ooty? ``Cold," said the director. ``We shot for nearly five days at Dolphin Nose and Lamb's Rock. It was a thrilling experience. We also erected five beautiful sets to shoot a song," he added. Joshva Sridhar has scored the music. This is his second film after "Kadal." Editing is done by G.Sashi Kumar.