On Location

(Arjun, Lara Datta)

It's an exciting teaming of the action-king and a beauty queen. Arjun and Lara Datta (former Ms. Universe) play the romantic lead in 'Arasatchi', directed by Maharajan who had earlier directed the successful Vijaykant-starrer 'Vallarasu'. Produced by Dr Muralimanohar for his 'CTV' banner, the film has a horde of actors in the supporting cast. While Vivek and Vyapuri have been roped in for the comedy, S V Sekhar plays Lara Datta's father. Incidentally, Sekhar had played Aishwarya Rai's father too in 'Jeans', for this same banner.

The film boasts of 14 villains played by Raghuvaran, Karan, Anandraj, Nasser, Nambiar, Ponnambalam, Delhi Ganesh, Mansur Alikhan, Devan, Rajan P Dev and Manivannan among others. Uma, Abitha, Vindhya and P Vasu play crucial roles in the film. The stunt scenes have been arranged by Rocky Rajesh, while the music has been scored by Harris Jairaj.

Lara Datta plays the daughter of a hotel owner played by S V Sekhar. Arjun is the general manager at this five-star hotel. Some scenes were shot at the Le Royal Meridian hotel in Chennai. Present were Lara Datta, Sekhar and some junior artistes. It was of Lara arriving in a car to the hotel, getting down from it in royal style, the focus of all eyes. Lara is the daughter of the hotel owner, who on seeing his daughter arrive, rushes to welcome her with parental pride and joy. The scene was shot by cinematographer S Saravanan.

Says director Maharajan, 'Vallarasu' was a complete action film. 'Arasatchi' has action, but also has a lot of sentiment and emotion weaved into it. This is the first film Lara Datta signed after she won the Ms. Universe crown. She's simple with no starry airs, is sincere, writes her lines in English and takes trouble over the language."

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Though the film was launched some time ago, it is only now that the shooting has started in full swing. The songs are to be picturised at locations in London, New Zealand and Canada.

Malini Mannath
Published on 6th June 2003

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