When Mani Ratnam directs Kamal Haasan, Vikram, Madhavan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek, Laila, Sadha, Asin, Pooja among others for an A.R. Rahman musical, with sets created by Sabu Cyril and lit up by Rajiv Menon, on a stage which is 80 feet wide and 40 feet deep, you know it does not get bigger than this, At least, not in this part of the world. With over a hundred dancers around sets such as the train from `Chayya Chayya’ and the ship from `Atho Antha Paravai Pola,’ the latest edition of the `Netru Indru Naalai’ show will be nothing short of a spectacle. On par with what people usually find only in musicals in Broadway and Westend, Mani Ratnam told the media at The Banyan on Tuesday evening. “We have one change to announce. We are positioning it in August to make it a spectacle,” he said.
“We want to make it a special show because it is for a special cause and for special people,” the filmmaker said. “It’s our desire to recreate the magic of the songs over the years. We are looking at the journey of the film industry over the years, from the black and white era to colour to the futuristic sets and sounds of A.R. Rahman. We will hopefully recreate those moments,” Mani Ratnam explained.
“Kamal will do a Sivaji song and a MGR song while Vikram will do a Kamal song and a Rajni song,” Mani Ratnam said, explaining the theme for the musical. “As a part of the audience, I would be more interested in how the stars of today interpret what the stars of yesterday did.’
Adeyappa!! Enjoy Chennaites. Read more of Sudhish Kamat’s article from The Hindu.
I read the same news from New Indian Express too. Is it because of Sudhish or Hindu, the article was more interesting and informative, than New Indian Express, for the kind of filmy news it dealt with. One more reason why I love to read Hindu, anyday.