Director Pandiraj made a grand debut as director with Sasikumar’s Pasanga in 2009. The successful film, which dealt with the psyche of school-going children and the art of parenting, won him many awards at the national and international stage. He followed it up with last year’s Vamsam which had the curvaceous Sunaina as heroine opposite debutant Arulnidhi. The film was a moderate success.
Pandiraj is all set to launch his third directorial venture titled Marina. As the title amply suggests, the film would be documenting the lives and the means of livelihood of the many children who have made the sprawling Marina Beach in Chennai as their ‘place of work’ by selling many eatables and also indulging in children-centric activities like horse-riding, etc.
Popular TV host and reality show star Siva Karthikeyan is all set to make his debut as hero with Marina. The affable Siva has been signed up as hero opposite Oviya (of Kalavaani fame). Oviya also starred in the Kamal-Trisha starrer Manmadhan Ambu late last year amid cries that her role had been ‘pruned down’ in the film. She, however, gave a good account of her acting credentials in Kalavaani.
Pandiraj’s favourite set of actors and technicians find a place in Marina. Jayaprakash, the teacher of Pasanga, is part of the cast in Marina as well. Vijay, the cinematographer of Pandiraj’s earlier two films, would repeat his act for the director’s third film also. Pandiraj is introducing Krish as music director with this film, which is expected to go to the floors shortly.
The all important question of whether the film’s crew would be allowed to shoot at Marina Beach, where film shooting has been banned for the past some time, still remains!