By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Bengali beauty Kamalini Mukherjee has been sacked suddenly from Karu Pazhaniappan's new project Pirivom Santhippom, which has Cheran in the lead. Sneha has taken her place, as suggested by the hero of the film. It may be recalled that Sneha is one of the heroines in Cheran's blockbuster film Autograph.
Kamalini made her debut in Tamil against legendary actor Kamal Hassan in Vettayadu Vilayadu under Gowtham Menon's direction. But after the moderate success of the movie, directors seem to have lost interest on her. She has been concentrating more in Telugu and Malayalam films for quite a while now. She has done three films in Telugu including the hit numbers Godavari and Classmates. She also did the sister character in director Lawrence's film Style.
There are many reasons behind the dismissal of Kamalini from Pirivom Santhippom. When the project was in the discussion level itself, Cheran was against selecting Kamalini but Karu Pazhaniappan managed to convince him and signed the actress. But it is said that the actress did not co-operate with the hero and demanded high salary too. Cheran has been tolerating with the actress just because of the director and has attended the first schedule shooting also. After seeing the rush of the first schedule, the director is disappointed with the performance of the actress. In many scenes the actress looked more matured than the 'middle aged' Cheran!
Meanwhile, Cheran spoke to Sneha, one of his favourite heroines from the days of Autograph, to replace Kamalini. She is special to the director too, as she acted in his debut movie Parthiban Kanavu. She did the dual role in the film against Srikanth. It is said that Sneha immediately accepted the offer to act in Pirivom Santhippom even without asking her payment details!