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Jumping high for victory

AFTER "ROJA Koottam" Srikanth got more than half a dozen film offers but he has accepted only a couple — G.J.Cinema's "April Madhathil" is one.

Slated as Srikanth's next release, the film would be welcomed by his eager fans, most of whom are college girls.

Sneha, the heroine, who met with an accident recently, has resumed work with the shooting for "April ... "

Srikanth is only too willing to do stunts without a dupe. He jumped right across a barbed wire fence without a second thought, for "April ..."

But he got injured in the bargain and first aid and plastic surgery on the lips followed.

Thus both "April... 's" hero and heroine seem to have been accident prone in the recent past — but all that is over now and the pair has come out fully cured and fresh for the rest of the schedule.

Fame does have a price, does it not?

Promising debut


Sruthika and Surya in "Sri".

Life begins smoothly for everyone. But things don't remain the same. The Surya-Sruthika starrer "Sri" deals with the changes that take place in the hero's life. Sri is a young man who helps those in trouble. Whether he is a Gandhian or a ruffian is what "Sri" will tell you, says director Pushpavasan. Sruthika is the granddaughter of the late `Thengai' Srinivasan.

The film has a powerful subject with songs filmed in differently conceived backdrops. Roads and natural trees were painted in different shades for a particular song. "The blend of the natural and the artificial is unique. A fort with a wrecked ship was erected on the seashore for another song sequence. These scenes too have come out very well," says Pushpavasan, who makes his debut as director, with "Sri".

Youthful and vibrant

The subject of song sequences takes us straight to "University", another film that will project the vivacity of youth. Ramesh Vinayakam, whose fast and folksy "Thottu Thottu ... " number in "Yey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukkae", is already on everybody's lips, is the composer of `University"s music. "It is my second film, after "Yey! Nee ... " and I can assure you that the seven songs I have composed for "University" are different," he says.

Of these two numbers have been sung by Ramesh himself. Is this some kind of a pattern with him? Because, his duet in "Yey! Nee Romba .." also has him crooning with Srivardhini. Ramesh laughs, "No that's not the idea at all. I sang the track of this "University" song with Chitra and thought that Hariharan's voice would be apt for the melody. But the producer and the director felt that my voice should be retained."

The other song "Vimmavae" has Ramesh singing with Gopika Poornima. "Yeah! We are planning it as a theme song of the film ... something that sounds youthful and vibrant."

But the surprise packet will be Mathangi. The singer who has been identified with peppy, racy songs like "Hot Party" ("Thamizhan") and "Sariya Thavara... " ("12B") has sung a soft, melodious song for "University". So, watch out folks, going by the composer's promise, an aural treat awaits you!

By the way, we know that the heroine of "University" is Gazala. But why isn't there any news about the hero? Are the producers deliberately building up the suspense?

Awaiting Aryan

Arun (Kumar) is all geared up for "Aryan". He has been exercising vigorously and has lost nearly eight kilos for the role. Special fights have been planned with Australian stuntmen for the film, which has `Rakki' Rajesh as the stuntmaster.

Shilpa Anand, Sakshi's younger sister, is the female lead and the debutant will be doing a dual role. Arun also has a double role in "Aryan" and is very excited about the project.

"I feel director Sharvi, who has made a mark in Malayalam cinema will do a wonderful job in "Aryan", says Arun, for whom the film is the next big project after the path-breaking "Pandavar Bhoomi".

Still going strong

Five hundred episodes and the show is still going strong. "Hari Giri Assembly" on Jaya TV is one of the popular shows of the channel. But are the people interviewed also happy?

It is a pertinent query because the guests of the show are sometimes grilled too much. But Bosskey (Giri) has a point — "When we invited Kushboo to participate in our show, she told us that she was ready for any question. `You can tear me to pieces', she said.

``It is this approach that has helped complete 500 episodes in such a short time. The surprise packet of the 500th show is Kushboo herself. We asked her some difficult questions but she sportingly answered them."

His co-presenter City Babu (Hari) is the man who cracks the most number of jokes on the show. Incidentally, Bosskey is doing a role in Vijay's ``Youth'' and City Babu can be seen in Shanker's ``Boys''.

From writing to production


Mamathi.

Many know Indumathi as a writer. But she was also the producer of the film, "Karuppu Roja".

Also "Irandu Paer", which is under production, is based on a story written by her. Indumathi's stories have been made into tele-serials ("Ganga Yamuna Saraswathi"; "Sundaravanam") and now she is all set to produce a mega for Vijay TV. "My story "Viralodu Veenai" is going to be made as "Nee Nan Aval".

The story revolves around college life and romance that inevitably goes with it," she says. The heroine of the serial is Mamathi, the anchor of Vijay's breakfast show "Kaalai Vanakkam".

The story, screenplay and dialogue supervision are by Indumathi, the music score is Dina. The serial is directed Nithyanandam, of "Gopuram" fame.

(Compiled by Malathi Rangarajan and S. R. Ashok Kumar)

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