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(Silambarasan, Sonia, Sathyan)

It's a fresh teaming of Silambarasan and Sonia Agarwal in 'Kovil'. Directed by Hari ('Thamizh', 'Samy') the film is produced by A M Ratnam for Surya Movies.

It centres round a Hindu youth and a Christian girl and the bonding that develops between them. The hero, hailing from a village, studies in a college in the city. Most of the film was shot in areas in and around Nagercoil. Rajkiran plays the father of the hero (Silambarasan), while Nasser and Rekha play the heroine's (Sonia Agarwal) parents. The rest of the supporting cast include Vadivelu, Rajesh, Charlie, Akash, Master Ganesh, Supergood Lakshmanan, S N Lakshmi, Chitra Rangavasan,  Paravai Muniamma, and Sathyan, who plays the villain here.

One of the high points of the film is cycle race where hero Silambarasan and villain Sathyan take part. There are 3 fights in the film, but they've been very realistically picturised, says the director. The entirely village-based subject has been shot at locations in Tenkasi, Nagercoil, Kuttralam, Munnar among other places. Says Hari, "For the cycle race we shot, we collected about a 1,000 people for the scene. We took about five days to shoot. The total shooting for the film was wrapped up in 59 days."

Says producer A M Ratnam, "It's the fastest finishing film in my banner. Hari is a fast director and he managed to complete the shooting in one schedule. We're planning a Pongal release."

For Sonia this is a challenging role after her performance in 'Kadhal Konden'. Says she, "I play a regular college-going girl, and my name in the film is Devi. It's a role which gives me scope to act."

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About the title, director Hari says, "I thought I would let the title be simple and auspicious." The director also promises that it would be a different Simbu the audience will get to see on the screen. "It's a totally different get-up and performance from Simbu."

Expressing his satisfaction about his role, Simbu says, "I learnt a lot from Hari, both by way of performance and technique too. You won't see the usual Simbu here.  It's all Hari's efforts. I've done only what the director wanted!" The film could well prove to be a turning point for the actor, who has the talent but has yet to get a script to match it.

The cinematography is by Priyan, music by Harris Jayaraj, editing by V T Vijayan, set-design by Kathir, stunt-choreography by Super Subbarayan and dances by Kalyan and Brindha.

Malini Mannath
Published on 9th Dec, 2003


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