Pandiarajans short film ‘Help’ at Brazil Film Festival

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Not many are aware that the diminutive actor-director Pandiarajan has been actively involved for the past few years in making short-films aimed at spreading socially-relevant themes among the public. Pandiarajan, who debuted in Tamil films in the mid-eighties, was quite popular for his own brand of slapstick comedy throughout the eighties and had acted in many films besides directing quite a few of them.

Seen rarely in Tamil films nowadays (his last appearance was in director Mysskin’s ‘Anjathay’ some time back), Pandiarajan is presently starring in a comedy tele-serial for a popular regional channel. He is also actively involved in making short films which attempt to convey message relevant to the society and its denizens in order to create awareness among the public on various topics.

His latest short film, titled ‘Help’, has been made to spread awareness among the people about the significance of ‘organ donation’. The 11-minute long short film features veterans ‘Delhi’ Ganesh, ‘Aachi’ Manorama and Kishore and Devi Priya among others. The film has been chosen by the jury to be screened at the upcoming Art Deco Film Festival to be held in Brazil shortly.

‘Help’ happens to be the lone Asian film that has been selected for screening at the prestigious Film Festival, which would have entries from countries in the European and American continents, informs Pandiarajan, who has penned the script and directed the film. With music by Srikanth Deva and editing by Lenin, the short film might end up as a winner at the Brazil Festival, it is reported.

Pandiarajan has made some short films in the past namely Magan, Iru Thuligal and Azhagu which have dealt with child labour/prohibition, polio menace and the problems faced by the visually challenged persons.

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