The audio launch of Udhayanidhi Stalin’s debut vehicle in front of the camera Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (OKOK) was held yesterday in Chennai. The event was attended by a large number stars and directors from the industry. The CD was officially released by Suriya and received jointly by all the guests who were present on the dais. Heroine Hansika Motwani looked her ravishing self and was naturally the cynosure of all eyes.
Speaking at the event, director Seenu Ramasamy said that the best thing about Udhayanidhi Stalin was that he knew very well about what would work for him and what would not. That is what has made him successful in tinsel town and that it would continue in OKOK too. All other directors who spoke on the evening, including the likes of Dharani, Radha Mohan, K S Ravikumar and a few others expressed their confidence that OKOK would turn out to be a success and said that they were impressed with the trailers and rushes that were played out. All of them were also of the opinion that the Rajesh-Santhanam combination is becoming a very big one in Kollywood. Mysskin said that OKOK was not originally to be Udhayanidhi’s debut. He was first considered for a role in Yuddham Sei for which even a screen test was conducted. But then he decided against it. Mysskin said that it was the right decision and that OKOK was the right kind of launch for Udhayanidhi. He quipped however that the honour of first getting Udhayanidhi don the greasepaint for camera would belong to him.
Also present at the event were actors Azhagam Perumal and Saranya who play Udhayanidhi’s parents in the film. Azhagam Perumal said that working in OKOK was a privilege because he got to act as the father of Udhayanidhi and also opposite a National Award winning actress. Saranya said that even though she did not have sons in real life she was lucky enough to have many worthy sons on screen.
The other stars present during the evening were Jeyam Ravi, Karthi and Jiiva. They were all full of praise for director Rajesh and Santhanam. Jiiva said that working under Rajesh gave a complete gear change to his career. Nowadays wherever he goes, even if it is with his family, he is still addressed as ‘machi’ by his fans.
Jeyam Ravi said that Santhanam was a great person to know. Whenever he felt low or depressed he would call Santhanam and have a conversation with him which would automatically sort out all his worries. He wished the team of OKOK all success and said that he would like to work with Rajesh some day.
Karthi said that he and Santhanam were like students in a classroom and each movie was like a different hour where a new teacher came in and taught them a new subject. They would learn what the teacher taught and move on to the next hour. He too said that he was waiting for a call from director Rajesh with a good script.
Finally Udhayanidhi Stalin said that he definitely was not the hero of the movie; it all belonged to Santhanam. He recalled the shooting experience and said that the person who had to struggle most with him and Santhanam was choreographer Dinesh because both of them had something like two left feet. He also recalled how the director had a tough time getting him to emote in romantic scenes; he made a few cheeky remarks about how difficult it was to get romantic in a shot that did not directly involve Hansika Motwani; the audience enjoyed these remarks.
Santhanam too spoke and said that choreographer Dinesh indeed had a very tough time with them. But, Udhayanidhi always wanted to get on with takes while he would be demanding rehearsals. When he asked Udhayanidhi about how he was confident with the dance steps even without rehearsals; Udhayanidhi had replied that he knew nothing about dance and that one or two rehearsals were not going to change that fact; it would be better if they went for the take without expecting miracles. Santhanam said that he enjoyed this attitude of Udhayanidhi and learnt a lot more during the shooting process.
At the event, two songs – Uyirae Uyirae and Alagae Alagae were screened along with a trailer. One song shot in Jordan was a very good visual treat. The trailer promised that the film was going to be hilarious; some dialogues in the trailer were instantly catchy and received immediate response. Oru Kal Oru Kannadi is gearing up for an April release.
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