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Starring: Arya, Shriya, Preetika, Santhanam
Direction: Manikandan
Music: Colonial Cousins, Pravin Mani
Production: Mediaone Global Entertainment
Director Manikandan, who took over the reins of Dhaam Dhoom after the untimely demise of cinematographer-director Jeeva, is out with his latest movie which has been titled Chikku Bukku. This movie will star Arya, Shriya, Preethika Rao and Santhanam in major roles. Chikku Bukku has been produced by Mediaone Global Entertainment and is ready for release this weekend.
  Chikku Bukku

Chikku Bukku is a romantic travelogue, according to the director. He says that the movie will be different from other romantic stories. Though it is a love story, neither Shriya nor Arya face resistance from their respective families. In fact, they find fault with each other which makes matters worse and reason for the twist in the tale. On being asked why the movie has been titled Chikku Bukku, Manikandan says, "Hero and heroine meet in the train, fall in love in the train and split in the train. With the train being an integral part of the movie, we decided to name it Chikku Bukku".

The film begins in London and ends in Karaikudi and is shot in exotic locales in London, scenic locales of Mysore, Coonoor and also in traditional houses of Karaikudi. Director Manikandan, who has been an erstwhile assistant to late Jeeva, would surely have an eye for quality on screen. Hence, we hope to see a visual splendor on the screen when the journey begins this weekend.

Buoyed up after the huge success of Boss Engira Baskaran, Arya is out to prove he is a safe bet in Kollywood. Be it Naan Kadavul, Sarvam, Boss Engira Baskaran or Madarasapattinam, Arya has proved that he is a versatile actor. His performance in Chikku Bukku will be closely watched. Shriya will be seen in Tamil after Kutty and Jaggubhai, which were released in the early part of the year. It was first decided to cast Genelia for the female lead role in the movie. But it was later announced that Shriya will act as Arya's pair in the movie.

Similarly, Vidya Balan was considered to play the other female role in the movie. Since her dates could not meet the director's requirement, Preethika Rao was chosen for the role. Preethika is the sister of famous Bollywood actress Amrita Rao. Santhanam, who created ruckus in Boss Engira Baskaran, will join hands with Arya yet again. It will be interesting to see their chemistry (??!!?) this time around.

RB Gurudev is the cinematographer of the movie. It would be interesting to see the visuals as Manikandan himself is a well-known lensman. VT Vijayan has edited the movie while Colonial Cousins, Hariharan and Leslie Lewis, have churned out the music. The music has been very well appreciated by the public with Thooral Ninralum and Adi Saarale occupying places in the charts for a while now. Pravin Mani has recorded the background score for the movie.

The movie was sent for censor certification recently and has been cleared with a 'U' certificate. A recent press release from Mediaone Global Entertainment indicates that Chikku Bukku will be released worldwide with 300 prints.

Chikku Bukku will be released this Friday along with three other movies. It could draw first blood with the Suriya-starrer Ratha Charithiram. But since the genres of these two movies are different, Chikku Bukku is expected to have a separate audience. In any case, we hope that Arya and Shriya will wow the audience with their charm in this pleasant weather.
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