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Few in the race this time



Vikram and Priyanka in "Kadhal Sadugudu".

IT IS not a long line up of films this Tamil New Year day with three among the probable five sure to make it to the cinema halls. Those likely to be released are "Kadal Sadugudu," "Arasu," "Dhum," "Sena" and "Bhanda Paramasivam".

Vikram, hero of ``Kadhal Sadugudu," is confident that his film is a mass entertainer that will be lapped up. He is in an upbeat mood, with another release — Bala's ``Pithamagan" — scheduled in May. Priyanka, Vivek, Nambiyar, Prakash Raj, Nalini, Vijayakumari, Delhi Ganesh and Rani are the other stars. Vairamuthu's lyrics have been tuned by Deva, Thara and Sridhar have choreographed dance, camera has been handled by M. S. Prabhu, editing is by Suresh Urs, art is by Vairabalan and stunts have been taken care of Super Subbarayann. Durai has written the story, screenplay and dialogue for the film produced by S. S. Chakravarthy.

Suresh, who had his apprenticeship under various directors including Dharani and Maharajan, makes his debut as director through J. J. Good films' "Arasu." Suresh has also written the story, screenplay and dialogue. Sarath Kumar is playing a dual role — the title character of Arasu with Simran as his co-star and as the father of the hero, Roja playing the mother. One of the highlights is Kiran's dance for a song. Vadivel, Manivannan, Saikumar, Malayala Murali, Delhi Ganesh, Sudha, City Babu and Lakshmanan are doing some of the important roles in the film. Camera is handled by Y. L. Murali, lyrics have been written by Kalaikumar and Kabilan, and music has been scored by Manisharma. Peter Hain has taken care of the stunt aspect, Dinesh and Kalyan have looked after dance and Prabhakaran is in charge of art. The producer is Baburaja. Sena is the trusted lieutenant of Bhai, a don. Nagu wants to usurp the mantle from Bhai but it is a difficult proposition with Sena around. Satyaraj in the role of Sena acts with the usual vigour and vitality. Anandaraj as Bhai has given a controlled performance. Chandrasekar is Nagu. Satyaraj does not have a pair. Actress Meena has sung a song for the film. The cast includes Aravinda, Sathyan, Vasu Vikram, Charlie, Raksha, Archana Reddy, Gayathri and Vijayan. Camera is handled by S. Kishan Sagar, editing is by K.Velayudam, music is scored by D. Iman, dances choreographers are Ravudev and Vasudeva and M. Balu has written the dialogue. Sujith has written the story and screenplay apart from directing the film, produced by Sunitha Anandakumar.



Silambarasan and Rakshita in "Dham".

Silambarasan is reappearing as hero in Rockline Productions' "Dham". T. N. Rockline Venkatesh, who has made 23 pictures in Kannada is entering the Tamil industry.The same film was made in Kannada in the name of "Appu" and in Telugu the title was "Idiot". Rakshita has been retained as the heroine in all the three versions. The unit went to Hong Kong, Bangkok, China, Japan and Thailand (SARS notwithstanding!) to shoot the songs. The cast includes Ashish Vidyarthy, Livingston, Radha Ravi, `Delhi' Ganesh, Sumithra, Madhan Bob and `Payilwan' Ranganathan. The others who have helped in the making of the film are Prasanna Kumar (dialogue), Deva (music), Valee, Muthukumar, and Kalaikumar (lyrics), Venkatesh (cinematography), Robert, Ashok, Dinesh and Pradeep (dance choreography), `Jaguar' Thangam (stunt), V. T. Vijayan (editing) S.A.C.Ramki (art). The film is produced by Rockline Venkatesh and directed by A. Venkatesh.

Paramu and Sivam are good friends but always try to be one up on the other. Their exploits are told in a humorous vein in Varshini films "Bhanda Paramasivam". With Prabhu and Kalabhavan Mani in the lead the other artistes in the film are Abbas, Livingston, Ramba, Monika, Abinayasree, Vinu Chakravarthy, Charlie, Manivannan, P. Vasu, T. P. Gajendran, Manobala, Madan Bob, and Babitha. Music - Sirpi, camera- Rajarajan, editing - Ganesh kumar, art- Mohan, dialogue - G. K. Gopinath, lyrics - R. Ravishanker, stunts - `Jaguar' Thangam and special effects - Arul Murthy. P. T. Selvakumar has produced the film and the screenplay, direction are by T. P. Gajendran.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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