Popular playback singers Nithyasree Mahadevan, Mahathi, Anuradha Sriram and Kalpana have sung a song in tandem for an upcoming film titled Oduthalam. It has Srijith and Roobika as the young couple who would be making their debut as hero and heroine (respectively) in Kollywood. ‘Kalabhavan’ Mani, not seen in many Tamil films of late, is all set to play a prominent role in the film.
Others in the cast include the likes of Ravi Mariyah, Aishwarya, Aadithya, Vichu and Theni Murugan. Oduthalam (means ‘Runway’ in English) is cinematographed by Murali Raman and has music by Pandit Ramesh Narayanan. Lyrics in the film have been penned by ‘Yaar’ Kannan, Gurumurthy, Dinesan, Murugan Kattakada and Yashwant Naik.
‘Tiger’ Sugu is the stunt choreographer while Gurumurthy is the associate director. Dinesan, who has penned one of the songs, has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues besides directing the film. The duo of Babu Gavlekar and Raju Nambiar has produced the film with the aim of providing a ‘clean’ and family entertainer to the audiences.
Dinesan isn’t new to the world of celluloid and has directed as many as 24 films in Tamil and Malayalam languages. As such, Ooduthalam is a landmark film in his career as it marks his ‘quarter of a century’ of films (Silver Jubilee). Prod him about the story and he doesn’t hesitate to open up. “Aadithya plays a deadly villain who is out to separate young lovers Roobika and Srijith.
“Ironically, the loves are also chased down by Aishwarya. What happens to their love affair and whether or not they could get married by overcoming the hurdles in their path is what the film is all about,” he says and adds that the shoot was held in Goa, Kerala, Hogenakkal, Chalakudi and in and around Chennai. The song referred to in the first para was penned by ‘Yaar’ Kannan.