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Whistle and watch 'whistle'



Sherin, Vikramaditya and Gayathri Raghuram.

WHISTLE. IF you can, or watch the movie. Media Dreams' next major production is a youthful murder mystery titled `Whistle'.

They are not yet telling us the story in order to avoid `stereotyping'. All they will let on is that it is the unravelling of a complicated murder story on campus. After a slew of love stories woven around the campus, there is relief in terms of what we will see on screen. However, this does not mean there is no love element in the movie at all, after all we are talking Kollywood!

Newcomer Vikramaditya pairs with Sherin and Gayathri Raghuram in what the industry loves to call `youth subject'. The leads dance to thumping beats by music director Imman. Though Immaan made his fame with tele-serials, he seems all set to make his money with movies. After Tamizhan, the producers say, Whistle will become popular on campuses. Particularly attractive is the number `Natpe, natpe', a farewell song, which is already on the lips of many teenagers.

Yet another new entrant in this movie is singer Anita Chandrasekar, who has rendered the song `Azhagiya Asura', her first track. Star attractions in the audio track are Silambarasan and Aishwarya Rajnikanth, both of whom have crooned `Natpe Natpe', along with Imman, Uma Mahesh and Roopa Venkat. Another interesting track is the folk song, `Tale of Nagammal' sung by Pushpavanam Kuppusami, with the promise of an equally arresting picturisation.

The cassette and CD have been released and are doing reasonably well, according to the Media Dreams. The CD, priced at Rs. 90, has an added element in terms of the Karaoke tracks provided. So that you can sing along, in addition to whistling.

That leaves us with the director of the movie, or should we say directors. JD and Jerry who bonded to bring together Vikram and Ajith in the same frames, in `Ullasam' are calling the shots for this movie. They have a history of working with the producers, having directed Media Dream's animation flick, `Pandavas'.

This movie is the company's sixth venture, having swept awards with their debut, `Bharathi' and `Nilakaalam'.

Even as speculation was rife sometime ago about the financial health of the company, they have announced their intentions of supporting at least three small and medium budget movies in a year, with a big budget movie thrown in once in a while.

Whistle is just the beginning, they say.

By Ramya Kannan

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