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Na. Muthukumar

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Driving force

Lyricists, it seems, are motivated by simple things. While it is a well-known fact that lyricist Vairamuthu is inspired by the sky, not many know that music director Na. Muthukumar draws his inspiration from long drives.

Rajesh, the director of “Oru Kal Oru Kannadi,” recently remarked, “When I told Na. Muthukumar that I wanted songs for my film, all he said was, ‘Let us go for a long drive in the car. We drove on a quiet stretch for a few hours and before we returned, he was done with penning the lyrics for all the songs. In fact, he had several options. Sometimes, not content even with good lines he would try to improve on them. He would say, ‘Let's see if we can get something better.' I believe he went on long drives to pen the songs for the films directed by Samudrakani and Pandiraj as well.”

A reason to smile

First-time filmmakers in Tamil may have something to cheer about if one is to go by what director S. P. Jananathan has said. At the audio launch of “Meeravudan Krishna,” the treasurer of the Directors' Union said he intended to request all establishments renting out equipment to film units to provide it at a concession to first-time filmmakers.

“Everybody here knows the struggle filmmakers have to go through the first time they make a movie. So, I am looking at making a proposal to the Union in this regard. It will encourage filmmakers as well as producers. It will also mean more films with fresh subjects.”

Real to reel

GNR Kumaravelan's film “Haridas” showcases the relationship between a father and his autistic son. Though an offbeat film, it has all the commercial elements and will feature Kishore and Sneha in important roles. “We have just started shooting for the film,” says Kumaravelan, adding, “What you see in this film is based on an incident that happened in the life of a close relative of mine. I was waiting for my next concept when it struck me why not make this into a film. Not enough has been done to create awareness about autism in India; so I hope my film will go a long way towards achieving this.”

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