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Romance on campus


Bubbling with enthusiasm... the ``April Madhathil" team.

THE LOCATION was the grounds of the YMCA College of Physical Education. The unit of G. J. Combines's ``April Madhathil'' was busy shooting. Students, who had gathered in groups, were happy to get the autograph of the leading lady and the hero.

A huge tree, actually a replica of the original on the campus, a tennis court and a basketball court had been created in the open space for the film. What is the story about?

Not difficult to guess, when the scene of action is a college and you spot a young hero and heroine — bubbly Srikanth and charming Sneha in this case. Yes, romance is in the air. But this is special, insists the director of the film, S. S. Stanley. He is not new to the industry. He has worked as the associate director with Sasi. ``After `Oru Thalai Ragam' this film will celebrate love, youth and college campus.

So we have shot mostly on college grounds and some portions have been filmed inside some colleges also. There are six songs and two of them are shot on the college campus and two fights at a sports meet. It is more like a youth festival, '' says Stanley.

The producers, G. Gnanavelu and V. Jayaprakash say that the film is bound be a success at the box office. ``Our film which is expected to be released on Deepavali day will be for the youth and by the youth," they say in unison.

Srikanth is only 24. He finished his B.Sc. (Computer Science) and began doing MCA. That was the time he got a chance to act.

Now he is a busy hero who has some big banner films. ``My college days are not at all over," muses Srikanth. ``I grabbed the offer when I heard the story," he says. Sneha is enjoying herself. ``The scenes and situations are so real that college students will love the film," she says. Now about the tree. On the last day of college, students are busy collecting autographs. The hero and the heroine, who have not brought an autograph book, carve each other's name on the tree. With the shot completed the unit gets ready to shift venue.

Gayathri Jayaram, Devan, Mayilsamy, Anju Mahendran, Venkat Prabhu and S. P. Balasubramaniam make up the rest of the cast.

Camera is handled by Panneerselvam, music is scored by Ilaiyaraja, editing is done by Anil Malnot, dance is choreographed by Kalyan and Shiv Shanker and the story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are taken care of by S. S. Stanley.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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