Tale of two
All geared to make a strong comeback after a six-year sabbatical is Napoleon. “Offers had never stopped coming. But I was involved in active politics,” he informs. Currently settled in the US, the actor has just completed a bilingual (Tamil/Telugu) directed by Narasimha Rao, a former associate of Shankar. “I’ve even sung a song in both the versions,” he adds. Lined up are films like Vallavanakkum Vallavan, produced by actor Bobby Simha, and Bharathirajaa’s Kutraparambarai. Hopefully we will be
seeing more of the actor.
“It’s a romantic-comic-family drama,” says director Francis Markus about his debut film, Oyee. Markus—who has assisted directors Mohan Raja and Nesan—adds that “the plot brings the traditional sport of Silambattam back to the screen”. The film (scheduled to hit theatres today), has Geethan and debutante Eesha in the lead. But what he finds exciting is that he has managed to rope in Ilayaraaja to compose the music for his first venture.
Some filmmakers fade away with time. But a few others manage to make a comeback after a long hibernation. Director Saravana Pandyan, who had directed the Rajikran-Revati starrer, Thalaimurai, returns after a hiatus with Jennifer Karuppaiya. It centres on the changing attitude of a youngster from a humble background who strikes it rich. TS Vasan, who produces the film (set to hit theatres today), doubles as the hero, with debutante Mridula Vijay as the female lead.