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Starring: Vimal, Oviya, Saranya Ponvannan, Ganja Karuppu.
Direction: Sargunam
Music: S S Kumaran
Production: Sherali Films
Kalavani; interesting title; does immediately spark off the image of a young and smart guy who takes to conning people. Something along the lines of a Thiruda Thiruda or the recent Kattradhu Kalavu. But, ask debutante director Sargunam about Kalavani and he is quick to answer that this is not about a thief or conman. The ‘Kalavani’ here denotes a happy going, cute young boy who is out to steal hearts. So, Kalavani here is a bit of a pet name rather than an indication of notoriety.

The film is about a young boy and girl who are not exactly doing really well in what they are supposed to be seriously involved; studies. The young man, who never takes anything seriously finds his name missing in the list of 12th standard pass outs and is soon sent packing to a nearby tutorial to set things right. At the same tutorial, in 11th standard is a girl. The goings on between them is what Kalavani is all about.
Set in a rural milieu, Kalavani will look to present the beauty and greenery of the villages of South Tamil Nadu. For once, it is a relief because recently, almost all films set in rural Tamil Nadu have focused on unruly youth and violence. And, a bigger change will be that Madurai is not the center of action this time. Director Sargunam has chosen to go much closer to his own native place in Thanjavur. The film, the director claims, is perhaps the first one to use the Thanjavur slang and way of life as a backdrop throughout the length. The film has been shot in and around Thanjavur, in areas like Mannargudi. The director has also said that a strip of fields that adjoins the villages of the hero and heroine is a very important location for the film and has been shot beautifully.

Kalavani brings Pasanga fame Vimal (Meenakshisundaram) in the lead as Arivazhagan alias Arukki. New find Helen plays the heroine and has been christened Oviya for the Tamil industry. Kalavani features other artistes like Kanja Karuppu, Saranya, Ilavarasi and others. Music has been scored by S.S. Kumaran (Poo fame).

The director has also said that the film is based on a small real life incident and also involves the youthful escapades of his group of friends. We can look forward to a cute and charming experience. Kalavani has been produced by Nasir, former manager to Mani Ratnam and Madhavan.
Tags : Kalavani, Vimal, Oviya, Saranya, Ganja Karuppu, S S Kumaran
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