All glitz and glamour



With Venkat Prabhu at the helm, the Chennai 28 crew is brewing another entertainer. S.R.ASHOK KUMAR

The Chennai 28 team is back in action. Shooting is going on in full swing for ‘Saroja’ and when we pick up action at the mansion on the East Coast Road, the crew is getting ready for glitz and glamour.

Among those present are Chetan, Latha Rao, Swarnamalaya, Santhoshi, Rajkamal, Deepa Venkat, Devadarshini, Devipriya, Venkat, George and Divya Dharsini, in short a who’s who of the small screen.

Venkat Prabhu is in charge of the story, screenplay, dialogue and direction. Streamers, tinsel and colour lights… what’s happening?

“One of the main characters, Siva, is a television actor. He marries Kajal Agarwal and the reception naturally is star-studded,” explains Venkat Prabhu.

Popular faces

“We have also requested some of the popular film stars working in television such as Radhika, Kushboo, Ranjitha, Devayani and Kousalya to make it and they have promised to make an appearance before we wind up the shooting in a day or two,” he adds.

“We are shooting a big song in Singapore St. James Power Station, which is Asia’s biggest Club. We have asked Matilda, winner of the best singer in the Singapore idol show, to sing for us in this film. We are shooting that song there. We are leaving Chennai on Tuesday and will be in Singapore for the shooting from Wednesday,” Prabhu informs.

The song ‘Haja Mere Soniye,’ wafts through the air making S.P.Charan, Siva and Premji Ameran along with others come on their feet. Venkat Prabhu, along with Sakthi Saravanan wielding the camera gets busy.

During the break, producer T. Siva says ‘Saroja,’ produced by Amma Creations, is nearly over.

“We have only a song and few patch work shots to be done. More than 90 per cent of the film is over. We have recorded five songs and two are written by Gangai Ameran and three by Vaali. For the first time, in South, we are going to shoot two Tamil video songs for the promotion of the film,” says the producer.

The film has Vega Timotia, a new comer who is doing the title role in ‘Saroja.’

The cast includes Vaibhav (son of director Kothandarami Reddy) Prakash Raj, Jairam and Nikitha.

Choreographer Kalyan blows the whistle, and the song streams through the speakers. The dance begins…

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