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Thriller laced with romance



Directors Lakshmi and Saraswathi with Priya Mahalakshmi and Vijay Adhiraj.

IS SHE the culprit or the victim? Will she remember what really happened that day or will that remain a blank? Is the man she loved and married really dead? And did she really kill him as they all say? Will justice prevail? Will she ever have a life again? What is in store for Narmada — the simple village girl, who left her home with her much loved doctor husband and with stars in her eyes. In one year her whole life is a shamble. What really happened to bring this about? ``Enna Satham Indha Neram," a new daily serial that is going to be aired on Raj TV from May 5, will give the answers. Sisters Lakshmi and Saraswati have scripted and directed this serial. They lay low for about a year. Their last production, ``Savithri," was received well and also made them some sort of champions of women's causes, especially women who had been wronged.

``Savithri" brought many women forward to narrate their own experiences. They told the sisters how it came as a a catharsis — seeing her take revenge on the men who exploited her. Inspired by such inputs, the duo decided to take another of the kind to the people.

Monday through to Thursday, viewers will be taken on a journey that details the life of Narmada who is wooed and wed by a city doctor. Tragedy strikes within a year of the marriage. He dies and she is accused of having murdered him.

Bubbling with enthusiasm the sisters talk about their new venture, which they feel, promises to be a family drama with a good deal of suspense. With lavish production values, the unit had just returned from a 10-day schedule in Maduramangalam, near Chennai, as the serial has many of its episodes shot in a village. The entire village is said to have participated in the shooting. Dressed in all their finery they cheered the unit in the wedding scenes. They drew kolams of the serial's title outside their houses to welcome the unit.

The serial, Lakshmi and Saraswati say, comes after a long break. Adds Lakshmi, there is mystery, suspense, romance and plenty of family drama.

Apart from the bonhomie and fun on the sets, the directors have worked on an absolute makeover for their heroines — Priya Mahalakshmi and Pallavi Menon — who sport a new look for this serial. Pallavi plays a TV journalist and newsreader and exclusive footage has been shot at the Raj TV studios of live news coverage. Lakshmi is especially excited that her husband, Ravi Raghavendar, is being directed by the two.

``So you can imagine what fun it can be.'' He plays a lawyer appearing on behalf of Narmada.

Vijay Adhiraj plays the doctor who attends a medical camp at the village and falls in love with Narmada. Produced by S. V. Ramanan (Jaishree Pictures), who has also composed the title song and the lyrics, the background score for the serial is by Rajesh Vaidhya.

Camera is being handled by Velmurugan. G. Sasidharan is the associate director and editor.

CHITRA MAHESH

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