FRIDAY REVIEW

New soap takes a romantic route

Shruti and Prajan in ``Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai.''

Shruti and Prajan in ``Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai.''  

HE IS from Kerala and she from Karnataka. But the hero and heroine of the first love story to be told on Tamil television, "Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai," from the house of Balachander (Min Bimbangal) are fluent in the Tamil tongue. And that makes a positive impact straightway. You can make out that the new romantic pair of the mega to be aired on Vijay TV from March 28 (Monday to Thursday, 20.30) is absolutely comfortable with each other — the chemistry should rub off on the small screen too. "Two days of shooting for the promos made things very easy for us. Initially I was apprehensive but Prajan's professional approach and friendliness helped me get over it. After beginning to work with Prajan I'm not too sure whether I would be able to perform so well if it is anybody else," says Shruti, about her hero. You had seen Shruti earlier in "Edhir Neechal" but in " ... Kadhal Kadhai" it is a solid role and she's pinning a lot of hope on it.

"Me too," says Prajan. "Getting my first break with such a big banner as Min Bimbangal is unbelievable. The role is challenging and I hope we will be able to draw viewers to this slot every evening." Prajan is not an entirely new face either. You could not have missed him on the Sun Music shows.

However as far as acting goes " ... Kadhal Kadhai" will be his first assignment. "I wanted to make acting my career and I'm grateful to Mr. Kailasam and Min Bimbangal for making it possible ... " he says. But if the big screen is his goal will not over exposure on television hamper his chances? "I don't think so ... I'm confident that `... Kadhal Kadhai' will only be a booster. Anyway I plan to do only one soap at a time," Prajan seems to have planned his career moves already.

Shruti, however, sings a different tune. "I don't want to do cinema. Small screen is enough for me," she says. With her sparkling eyes and charming smile she could find greener pastures on the big screen but the girl is clear about her choices. "I did a few Kannada serials before `Edhir Neechal' came my way. And I'm satisfied with good roles like the one in `Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai.'

"You will find the serial very decent. At no place will it cross limits," the two chorus. Yet taking romance as a theme to a drawing room audience is a tightrope walk and you have to wait and watch how Min Bimbangal accomplishes it.

" Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai" is the story of Janaki, a middle class Brahmin girl, and Shaktivel. TV Varadarajan plays her strict father who has high academic aspirations for his daughter. Shakti, you understand, belongs to a large family where values matter most and romance is taboo. How the lovers overcome the impediments should prove interesting viewing, promise the makers. The unit has been shooting outdoors in places including Pondicherry. A. P. Rajendran directs "... Kadhal Kadhai" while Senthamizh takes care of the story and screenplay.

It is interesting to note that Samuthirakani, the director of the serial, "Anni," and films "Unnai Charan Adaindhaen" and "Neranja Manasu," is also part of the project. So look out for this new venture ... it could be worth your while.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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