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Friday Fiesta

[Thursday, March 24, 2011]

Thank God, it's Friday again. Film-gourmets have a variety buffet to taste this week too, with movies from humour, revolutionary, dubbing and soft-port genres waiting to make them happy.

With a whopping number of nine flicks hitting the screens today, a quick look at them may provide more details to the readers. Here we start:

Perhaps bored at trying his hands at love themes ('Sukran', 'Nenjirukkum Varai' etc), director S A Chandrasekar is back to do what he knows- a film taking a dig at loopholes in the legal system of the country. Sathyaraj, Vikranth, Seeman and Bhanu have played key roles.

The filmmaker, who has redone his own classic 'Sattam Oru Iruttarai' says, "I hogged the limelight only with movies on political and legal themes. So I am testing waters in my familiar arena once again."

Shedding more light on the movie, he says, "the film's theme is to bring together youngsters affected by social evils. How they fight for the justice is the second half."

"Sathyaraj is doing an all important role," Chandrasekar says and adds: "Seeman too has a meaty character to prove his acting skills. Nearly 75 per cent of the film was shot in jungles."

'Singayil Gurushetram', the first Tamil film to be made by Singaporeans, is hitting the screens today. It was recently awarded U/A Certificate by the Censor Board.

The movie chronicles the trials and tribulations of protagonist Prakash and how he overcomes several obstacles in the mission to protect his mentally challenged brother amidst the Singapore underworld, drug barrens and law abiders.

The movie is directed by a newcomer T T Dhavamanni. It has music by Jaggubhai fame Rafee, who, it is said, has come with good music. Lyrics are written by Karky.

The film is a true-to-life portrayal, focussing on Singapore's drug mafia and the youth involved in it, say sources.

After winning the appreciation of the President of Singapore, S R Nathan, it's been bought by Metro Films, a Chennai-based company, for release in Tamil Nadu.

Says the director, "more than 100 Singaporean artistes have come together to work on the film. The other high points of the movie are the award-winning cinematographer Lucas Jodogne, the State award-winning editor Praveen KL (he has edited films such as Chennai 600028, Goa and Kanthaswamy), and Rafee, a legendary musician from Singapore who made his Kollywood debut with K S Ravikumar's Jhagubhai, are on board. The film's only song has been penned by Madhan Karky, son of Vairamuthu. The post-production work was done in Thailand."

For those clueless about this movie, it's the dubbing version of Hollywood's 'Sucker Punch'.

An action-fantasy film written by Steve Shibuya and Zack Snyder, and directed by Snyder, 'Alli Rajyam' features an ensemble female cast that includes Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.

The film follows a young girl in the 1950s about to be lobotomised as she attempts to escape an asylum with her inmate friends.

For 'Alli Rajyam', Snyder gathered most of the Vancouver-based production team who worked on Watchmen. Pre-production took place in Los Angeles in June 2009, then moved to Vancouver in July. Principal photography began in September 2009 and concluded in 2010; filming took place in Vancouver.

Snyder has described the film as 'Alice in Wonderland with machine guns', including dragons, B-25 bombers and brothels. Snyder's wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder concludes, "In the end, it's about this girl's survival and what she needs to do to be able to cope."

Padai Soozha

Apparently inspired by the success of Prakash Raj in the tinsel town, his younger brother Prasad Raj is stepping into Kollywood with 'Padai Soozha', a movie directed by AS Prabhu.

The film stars Ganesh Prasad, Varshini and Abhinai in the lead. Touted to be a commercial entertainer, 'Padai Soozha', according to sources, is about the clash between a group of college students and an antisocial element, played by Prasad Raj.

According to the director, "Despite resembling Prakash Raj to a great extent, Prasad Raj's acting style is totally different. But quite like his anna, Prasad too has a natural flair for acting. He was terrific in front of the camera."

Making an eerie thriller, that too with lesser known faces in the lead- is no easy task. And it is a genre that still remains largely untouched in Kollywood. But Anand Chakravarthy has gathered guts to make an attempt.

For those who want to know little more about Anand Chakravarthy, he is the producer of the critically acclaimed 'Vennial Kabadi Kuzhu'. He has directed and produced 'Nil Kavani Selladhey', besides playing the lead role.

Though the film saw the light of the day a few months ago, it is being re-released now "in a bid to reach more number of audience".

The film is about a group of friends Sam, Jo, Arun, Priya and Milo, played by Anand Chakravarthy, Dhanshika, Ramssy and Lakshmi Nair respectively, who go on a trip to Thellur village on Tamil Nadu border.

Despite warnings and signs that the journey would not be as entertaining as they expected, they reach the place, only to get attacked one after other by an unknown force. Are they saved? What is the reason behind the attacks? Well, the answer is the climax.

Comedy movies always create expecations. Debutant filmmaker Sri Balaji, who worked as co-director in 'Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu', is ready with one such film titled 'Kullanari Koottam'. The movie stars Viishnu, Ramya Nambeesan, Soori and Appukutty among others in the lead roles.

"I play a carefree youth who falls in love with Ramya Nambeesan. I do some tricks to marry her and the film revolves around the impacts of the things I did. It is a hilarious entertainer," says Vishnu.


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