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Starry tete-a-tete

The chat show shoot of Kamal's new film `Swapnakoodu' at the St. Teresa's College gave the girls a chance to interact with their favourite young stars. ELIZABETH NINAN records some of those exciting moments of the event.


THE SONGS from director Kamal's Onam gift, `Swapnakoodu,' are already on the top of popularity charts. The foot-tapping number `Karuppinazhaku... ,' is being beamed on some television channel or the other, clearly indicating its popularity. And to cash in on this early response there are chat shows, promotional stuff, set to splash the small screen soon. One such shoot for a chat show involving the students of St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam, was held recently. And mingling with the students was Kamal and some of the young stars. For the teenage crowd it was pure excitement to be in the midst of the young heartthrobs like Kunchacko Boban, Jayasurya and the charming Bhavana. There was a wee bit of disappointment too when they found that Prithviraj and Meera Jasmine could not make it.

Kamal, who initiated the chat show, explained the concept of the film. `Swapnakoodu' is the story of three boys, Kunjooj, Ashtamoorthi and Deepak Narayanan, played by Prithviraj, Jayasurya and Kunchacko Boban respectively, studying hotel management at Pondicherry. Here they manage to get to stay at one portion of a house where there are two smart sisters Kamala (Meera Jasmine) and Padma (Bhavana). "This is not a campus film though it revolves around students. It is a film for youngsters, about their friendships, their values and their life. It's also about love. A very colourful film it's sure to fascinate the youngsters," says Kamal.

The film is shot almost entirely at Pondicherry, except for a few songs that were shot in Vienna. "Pondicherry had the right ambience for the film. Also it's a very beautiful place. The sea looks different there and sky is clear blue in colour, which is really beautiful. As for Vienna, it's also a beautiful place and it has this old world ambience with historical buildings and the like, which easily fit in with rest of the locations," explains Kamal on the choice of locations.

By now, the college girls, straining to know more about the young stars, shoot a volley of questions some of which went like this. Has Kunchacko Boban any affair? Whether he liked girls with long hair? But the young actor dodged answering them and in turn went on to tease the girls. Even Kamal was not spared. Some of the girls wanted to know his age, to which the director simply smiled.

The three stars indulged in pulling each other's legs and the audience joined in the fun. A girl asked Jayasurya whether it was true that he had many mishaps during his first trip abroad, prompting Kunchacko Boban to narrate an incident during the trip to Vienna.

Jayasurya, unsure of the decorum and customs of the place, was advised to imitate all that Kunchacko Boban did. One day, they went to a posh hotel and ordered two glasses of fresh fruit juice. When it was brought Kunchacko finished it fast and put the glass down. He then saw that Jayasurya was still struggling to drink from the glass. It was then that Kunchacko Boban realised that his friend was all the while trying to drink through the stirrer rather than the straw.


Not to be outdone, Jayasurya retorted that this really happened to Boban during his first trip to the Gulf countries.

The chat livened up from this point onwards and the girls came up with some really rib tickling questions.

Kamal agreed that such chat shows provided a lot of publicity for the films, but then some of the some dial-in shows often backfired, especially if the whole story is revealed in the course of the show.

The programme coordinators also did their bit. They prompted the girls to ask questions, which they had framed, but this did not in any way hamper the mood or excitement of the event.

Before the star team departed, Kamal agreed to a request for a few free tickets for the students of the college, which would be given away after a lucky dip.

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