Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Following the success of horror and supernatural flicks Yaavarum Nalam and Arundhathee released on Fridays, a film based on black magic releases this weekend to complete the horror hat trick for Kollywood. Titled Sivapuram, the film is the dubbed version of the 2005 Malayalam hit Ananthabhadram starring Prithviraj, directed and cinematographed by Santhosh Sivan.
The film is set in the mysterious village of Sivapuram where superstitions and black magic make the air heavy. People fear to venture out after dark lest they run into the restless spirits and the vicious magician who carries out his dark rituals at night. A youngster returns from USA to his native village to fulfill the last wish of his mother, to light a lamp at the ancient temple in the village. But, it is not as easy as it looks. The magician has been watching over the temple for years, awaiting the return of the heir. He has deep and deadly motives and he covets the mythical gemstone guarded by a serpent deep in the caves of the village, which can be unearthed only by the heiress of the guardian family.
The highlights of the film include a stupendous performance by Manoj K Jayan appearing as the black magician, he got a few awards for the role, director Santhosh Sivan’s wizardry with the camera and Prithviraj’s presence. The cast is full of other actors who are very familiar to Tamil audiences like Kavya Madhavan, Cochin Haneefa, Kalabhavan Mani, Riya Sen and Revathi. This should be able to negate the dubbed film feel to a large extent. Let’s wait and watch if the hat trick horror release can translate into hat trick box office successes.
Besides Sivapuram, another film based again on black magic has been dubbed to Tamil from Malayalam. Titled Tanthiran, it was released originally in 2007 and the dubbed version will be out soon. Looks like this summer will be a horror fest for Kollywood.
After a break, Prithviraj is doing a new Malayalam film Puthiya Mugham, directed by debutant Deepan an associate of Shaji Kailas.
Prithvi is teaming up with Meera Nanda for the first time in this film for which shooting has started in Shornoor.
Prithviraj coming straight from Mani Ratnam’s Ravanna set is spotting a new clean shaven look in the film. He plays a Brahmin musician inPuthiya Mugham, studying in an Engineering college. He takes on the real estate mafia and liquor lobby in the film.
The film has music by Deepak Dev, and one of the songs written by Kaithapuram and sung by Shankar Mahadevan, a light romantic classical number is sure to be a hit. Meera Nandan and Prithviraj look romantic in the film.
After the much acclaimed 'Thirakkatha', directed by Ranjith, Prithviraj and Priyamani team up in Deepan's 'Puthiya Mukham'.
In the film, Prithvi plays a mridangam exponent, Krishna Kumar who comes to Ernakulam to pursue an engineering course. The uneventful life of the Brahmin boy soon undergoes violent changes. Priyamani plays an engineering student, Anjana. Meera Nandan has a prominent role in the film.
Kaithapram Damodharan Namboothiri pens the lyrics Deepak Dev scores the music.
Bala, Saikumar, Vijayaraghavan, Jagadeesh, Suraj Venjaramood, Janardhanan, Sudheesh and Shammi Thilakan are also in the cast.
Despite making her presence felt across the south with a movie or two in every other state’s film industry, the National Award-winning Bangalore girl is making her Kannada debut only this year. What’s the experience been like, especially since many Sandalwood newbies are complaining about payment defaults and exploitation? “There have been no hassles and I’m enjoying my debut,” says Priya.
The Ram team has completed some talkie portions and a song featuring Puneet Rajkumar and Priya. “What a fabulous dancer Puneet is! I had to try really hard to match steps with him,” says the sultry siren, who’s completed 80 per cent of her scenes in Ravan. She’s also in Ninaithale Inikkum and Arumugam (Tamil), Mitrudu (Telugu) with Balakrishna, and has a Malayalam project with Prithviraj.
Priya’s great friends with Prithviraj, who’s a family friend and her co-star in several movies. Is he getting engaged soon? “It’s news to me. I’m currently working on three projects, including Ravan and Ninaithale..., with him. I only know that he’s in Chennai shooting for a song sequence in Ninaithale.... I don’t think the news is true,” she says. But if it is, Priya’s “happy” for her buddy.
A National Award must put quite a lot of pressure on her. “That doesn’t mean that I should always do performance-based roles. They come your way once in a while. I’m looking at striking a balance by doing commercial cinema too,” asserts Priya.