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By: Settu Shankar
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Inspite of being the son of a veteran film personality like Ganghai Amaran, it was not an easy task for Venkat G Prabhu to attain a respectful position in Kollywood. He has made many attempts in the past to carve a niche for himself in Kollywood. The young lad completed his music degree from Trinity College of Music London in the 90's, and nursed an ambition to become a successful music composer like his relative Ilayaraaja. He got a few chances to sing for Ilayaraaja's music along with his cousins Kaarthik Raaja and Yuvan Shankar Raaja. After he discovered an interest for acting in his son, Ganghai Amaran made a film with Venkat titled as Pooncholai. Rasiga alias Sangeetha was introduced as heroine through that film. Ilayaraaja scored the music for some melodious songs in this film. But all their efforts went in vein. The film couldn't come out from the cans and Venkat spent his days of pain and frustration with his close friend S.P.B. Charan. But his quest for achieving something in the tinsel world kept burning like a flame within him.
He regained his rhythm for acting in the film April Madhathil directed by S.S.Stanley. After this film, he got regular chances to perform in character roles in many films. But it is S.P.B. Charan who reinvented his talents and applied them properly in a film. He launched Chennai 600028, an out-and-out urban subject under Venkat's direction, full of hope and a new vision.
The viewers of Tamil Nadu have blessed the lad with their overwhelming support in all the centers and have instilled a ray of hope in his mind. Now offers are pouring in for Venkat Prabhu from the big banners and personalities. Vishal has virtually 'ordered' a friendly Venkat to direct a film for him after the completion of his Malaikottai.
What is the reaction of the director after the success of Chennai 600028?
"I'm very happy and there are no appropriate words to express my happiness over the success of the movie, thanks to my dear friend Charan. Vishal, one of my best friends has also praised my film and asked me to write a script for his next venture. Charan has plans to launch another film that will include me as well. My father Ganghai Amaran is a much more relaxed than I am after hearing the positive reports from the box office", Venkat said in a joyous mood.
Meanwhile, Chennai 600028 looks all set to be dubbed into Telugu. The dubbed version is being titled as Hyderabad Gully. Venkat has shot a few scenes on Hydrabad streets to add authenticity to the dubbed version. The Telugu rights for the film have been sold out for Rs.75 lakhs and it is approximately slightly more than the production cost of the Tamil version!
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