FRIDAY REVIEW

Of children, for children

For the family: Pasanga

For the family: Pasanga  

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

‘Pasanga’ will be another film for kids this holiday season.



Children’s films are slowly becoming a fad. The next release in the genre is ‘Pasanga’ directed by newcomer Pandiraj, erstwhile assistant of Cheran and Thanker Pachaan.

Sasikumar, the maker and one of the heroes of ‘Subramaniapuram,’ is the producer of ‘Pasanga.’

Pandiraj explains: “Earlier Sasikumar and I apprenticed under different directors at the same time. The office he worked in was on the ground floor while mine was on the first. We would wish each other near the staircase and that was it. Later when I got a chance to narrate the story of ‘Pasanga,’ he was overjoyed, because he was looking for a script for children.”

Vega, who debuted as heroine in Venkat Prabhu’s ‘Saroja,’ is the heroine opposite new face Vimal of Kooththu-p-pattarai.

And with Sasikumar around can composer James Vasanthan be far behind?

More than 1,500 children, including the main cast, have been featured in ‘Pasanga’ and all the kids are facing the camera for the first time!

Training so many of them couldn’t have been easy. “Surely it wasn’t. But I enjoyed the task and they’ve come out with a brilliant show,” he avers.

Set in Pudukottai

And as the story is set in Pudukottai, Pandiraj has chosen tots from the nearby areas. “I had a reason for it. We’ve heard a lot of Coimbatore and Madurai dialects in our films, but the native Pudukottai lingo has hardly been used. Having children familiar with the colloquial language made it that much easier to handle,” he says.

“‘Pasanga’ will have all the ingredients of a mass hero film. Life as children see it and heroism of the kids, the plausible kind, will be the focus. With a mix of action, comedy and more, ‘Pasanga’ will be a holiday treat for the family,” assures Pandiraj.



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