Second innings

By V Haripriya

It was dream come true for James Vasanthan, the music composer who gave the most downloaded song of the year – ‘kangal irandaal’ from Subramanipuram. Balamuralikrishna, a legend in the music world, has sung a song for Vasanthan’s next flick, Pasanga. And the happiness became double-fold when the first audio CD of the album was received by actor Kamal Hassan.

The audio and trailer launch of Pasanga, produced by director M. Sasi Kumar and directed by debutante director Pandiraj, rstwhile assistant of Cheran, was held at Sathyam Cinemas on Wednesday. Pasanga is touted to be a full-fledged children’s film, with six children playing prominent roles. Also in the cast are newcomer Vimal and actor Vega, who was last seen in Saroja.

The guests for the launch function included Balamuralikrishna, Kamal Hassan, director Ameer, Tamil Film Producers Council president Ramanarayanan and lyricists Thamarai and Yugabarathi.

Balamuralikrishna was all smiles in his white kurta with golden embroidery. He revealed how he had second thoughts when Sasi Kumar and James Vasanthan approached him, because off late he has not been singing for films. “But now I think it was good that I sang this song. It made me feel like a balan (kid).” James Vasanthan should now be known as a music creator since he has done commendable songs, he added.

Kamal Hassan said he was happy with the team’s effort to take on a children’s film. “This healthy trend should be encouraged. Children’s films should have hundred per cent content for the age group. Do not direct movies under the family drama genre with sizzling scenes that cannot be watched by a family. If you want to make such movies, rather brand them as ‘adult only movies.’”

Director Ameer seemed completely awed by Hassan. “I never learnt cinema in any college. Whatever I know about cinema is by watching Kamal’s films. I can openly say that Paruthiveeran had tints of Thevarmagan and Virumaandi.

Similarly, Subramaniapuram had traces of Sathya. Off late, no one in Tamil cinema is making a movie without the influence of Kamal Hasaan or his movies.” Pasanga will hit theatres this May.


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