Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Just like a child is happy with a lollipop, all youngsters will be happy with this jolly pop of a film, says debut making director Venkatprabhu of his film Chennai 600028.
Produced by SPB Saran and JK Saravanan for Capital Film Works, this is supposed to be the first south Indian film centering around cricket as the main theme. Does that mean it will be something like Lagaan? Venkatprabhu is quick to clarify that his film has no resemblance to Lagaan.
'In Lagaan, those who don't know cricket play cricket. The cricket scenes figure only after intermission. Chennai 600028 is about issues between 2 competitive cricket teams in local tournaments. Those who really compete in local teams are playing in the film. There's cricket from beginning to end in the film. The screenplay is a mix of game, romance, comedy and other masala ingredients," says Venkatprabhu.
The final cricket match was shot for 10 days at Chennai's Somasundaram grounds. Around 5,000 supporting actors and actresses featured in these scenes that were shot by 2 camera units.
Cricket being played at Marina beach, Raja Annamalaipuram, Music College grounds, grounds opposite Meenambakkam airport and grounds near Chennai City Centre have been shot.
Apart from scoring music for the film, Yuvan Shankar Raja has also written the lyrics for a song that describes about friendship.
"Natpukkulle oru pirivu ingu vandhadhu
En endru adhu theriyavillai..."
Other songs have been penned by Vaali and Gangai Amaran.
There are about 9 songs in the film and about 20 singers have been used in a record breaking attempt in Tamil films. Sakthi Saravanan, who has done the camera work for 'Chithi' and 'Annamalai' serials is wielding the camera for this film.
As for the hero and heroine, a list of a dozen or so stars reeled out by Venkatprabhu will make one's head reel. The plan is to release the film in countries where world cricket cup matches are played.