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Amresh Ganesh with Jayachitra. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Inside story

Director Sarana's Sokkali is about the going on in a television serial production unit with a compere as the protagonist. Sokkali relates the story of how the compere (played by Chaitanya) harasses the show hostesses and female presenters, using his authority and influence with the owners of the company. He meets his match in Swasika, the heroine of the film. Actress Sona also plays an important part in the film. This is Sarana's second film after Thullum Kaalam which was made in 2005.

Seeking stardom

He was introduced to the world of films as a child, for, his mother is none other than yesteryear actress Jayachitra. Amresh Ganesh made his debut in Nane Ennul Illai with Arya Menon as his heroine. He also also penned, composed the songs in the film and even sang one. His mother produced and directed Nane Ennul Illai. Sadly, the film did not do well. Jayachitra is now making three films Mundru Mugangal, Nedunchalai and Scene Podathey with Amresh as the hero. He will also be doing the music.

Way to go

For actors, true satisfaction comes from being recognised and acknowledged for their work, irrespective of language. Thalaivasal Vijay's creative pursuits took him to Malayalam cinema and he got national recognition. His portrayal of Sree Narayana Guru in the biopic Yugapurushan, fetched him the Special Jury State Award for Best Actor by the Kerala Government. “I portray his life between the ages 33 and 75. Narayana Guru has a tremendous following. The film was directed by Sukumaran and released in 2010. My two other Malayalam films — Melvilasam and Karmayogi have been selected for the Indian Panorama section. On the Kollywood front, two of my films are getting ready for realease. There is the Prakash Raj directed Dhoni and Jyotikrishna's Oola la la,” says Vijay.

One up

Seeing the audience response when Simbu walked across the stage in a cop's uniform during the film's audio release director Dharani new that his Osthe would be a winner. “In all my remakes, I do not blindly copy from the original. I adapt the screenplay to suit the language and its audience, in my own trademark style. Osthe will have the soul of Dabbang, the raciness of my script and freshness of Simbu in the cop's role. Simbu rocks in the role,” says Dharani. “The music is already a hit and I believe that various territories have already been sold, just on the basis of the songs and the trailer.”

In the spotlight

From being discovered by director S. P. Jananathan at a family gathering and being signed up for his Peranmai to her latest release Aravaan, Dhansika has come a long way. It has been an eventful journey for this small town girl from Thanjavur. Since 2009, she has acted in four films, each one different from the other. “In Peranmai it was an action-oriented role, while in Manjavelu I had a glamorous get-up. I quite enjoyed the heroine-centric role in Nil Gavani Sellathey, but the icing on the cake was what I did in Aravaan. In terms of characterisation, my role in Aravaan was very challenging. Now, I must be careful in selecting scripts as the audience is bound to look for better performances from me,” smiles the charming youngster.

School of life

Seven years of experience and guidance from director Selva has given P. Jayaseelan enough confidence to tackle the subject of youth and generation gap in his forthcoming Pallikkudam Pogamalae. “In most families, parents dream of giving their children an education which they themselves were deprived of. But, do children understand this? Most of them rebel and hurt their parents. Elders also need to understand modern realities and give their children the freedom to express their likes and dislikes and allow them to plan their future. In Pallikkudam Pogamalae I have attempted to bring to light the trials and tribulations both generations face and how they can be solved with greater understanding,” says Jayaseelan. He shot most of the sequences in an educational institution in Kerala whose Principal was very cooperative in providing all facilities when he realised that the script would benefit the student community. The film stars Tejas and Aishwarya.


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