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Dreams of youth



Director Shankar on the sets of "Boys".

IT WAS a location of a different sort. One caught up with ace director Shanker as he was preparing to leave for Cochin to shoot a scene at the sport stadium there. As the MAC stadium in Chennai was not available for three days, Shanker was forced to pack for the Kerala city.

Joining him gave one the opportunity to watch the director, known for perfection, capture the scene. Shanker said that the film was nearly complete except for a song and a few scenes. The film is about a group of young people. ``Well, it won't do any harm to give the bare outline of the first half of the movie," said Shanker. And here it is.

Four young boys and a girl aspire to make it big but do not know how. They try their hand at music and show their talent in an innovative way. They choose the venue of a cricket match to draw the attention of the viewers who love their music.

The director and his assistants were working round the clock to make the stadium look full. They had brought in some 500 junior artistes from different parts of the city and spread them over the stadium.

The special effects man was also there to monitor the proceedings. Eleven foreigners, acting as the Australian players (yellow) and 11 Indian players (blue), dressed in the same colours as worn by the teams in the World cup, were playing cricket.

In one of the stands, the "Boys" were playing the music, and their song becomes a big hit among the spectators.

The director, mike in hand was straining every nerve to get the right reaction from the audience going to every part of the stadium giving instructions.

Dance Master Raju Sundaram was helping him. A. M. Ratnam, producer, was also present. The director and his crew shot two songs in Australia with some special equipment used for the first time in a Tamil film.

Surya Creations' "Boys" has new faces including Siddharth, Harini, Vivek, Sai, Nakul, Bharath, Manikandan and A. V. Ramanan. Janaki Sabesh, Kali, Rani, Kamala Krishnaswamy, K.P.Mohan and Kamal Chopra are also in the cast.

Music has been scored by A. R. Rahman, camera handled by Ravi K.Chandran, editing is done by V. T. Vijayan and art is taken care of by Sabu Siril.

Costumes have been designed by Arjun Bhasin. Raju Sundaram has choreographed the dance, stunts have been composed by `Vikram' Dharma and special effects are by Mark Kolbe of Pentamedia and digital pictures Australia.

Lyrics are by Valee, Kabilan, Pa. Vijay, Arivumathi and Pazhani Bharati. Sujatha has written the dialogue. Story, screenplay and direction are by Shanker.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR.

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