Five Star (film)
|Directed by||Susi Ganeshan|
|Produced by||Mani Ratnam
|Written by||Susi Ganeshan|
|Music by||Parasuram Radha|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|4 October 2002|
The story focuses on five friends at the Madras Institute of Technology, who want to remain friends and hope to join the same company after graduation. During a vacation, one of the friends, Ilango, goes home, where he is forced to get married to his rustic cousin, Eashwari, by his tough disciplinarian father. Once back in college, though he hides the fact about his marriage, the marriage becomes public when relatives of Eashwari come to visit Elango. While their dream to work together becomes true, Ilango alone gets a transfer to Bombay. The friends force Elango to visit his wife before leaving for Bombay and put him on a train. But Elango manages to get off the train and from there loses touch with his friends and family in the village. The friends part and six years later, two of the five come back to join the two girls in Chennai. On the train in the journey back, Prabhu, one of the friends, and Ilango's wife Eashwari meet each other. Prabhu falls in love with Eashwari without realizing who she is. Eventually he finds the truth about Eashwari, who is waiting with hopes of her husband to return. Eashwari joins the gang of friends and making herself as the 5th star of that gang..
The film was earlier set to be titled Pepsi, with Madhavan in a lead role. Susi Ganeshan, an erstwhile assistant director of Mani Ratnam announced this film in 2001 and finished in between production delays of his long-delayed film Virumbugiren.
For the heroine, Susi Ganeshan spotted her on a magazine cover page and insisted on her performing the lead female role in his second feature film. Divya eventually entered the Film industry, accepting the offer, while her name was changed to Kanika. She completed the entire film during her summer holidays, since she was a student. Prasanna who was doing college at that time saw an ad on Vijay TV that Madras Talkies was auditioning for newcomers, he applied and got selected. For other lead roles, Karthik, the son of a Tirupur businessman, Krishna, an earlier assistant to director Rajiv Menon, Sandhya, a model and also a former Ms.Chennai, and Mangaikarasi, a dancer based in Sweden. the film marked the debut of cameraman Ravi Varman in Tamil cinema. Singer Anuradha Sriram and her husband Sriram Parasuram made their debut as music directors with this film.
The film had a 10-day shooting schedule at the M.I.T. College where Susi Ganesan had studied, followed by a 15-day schedule in Switzerland where some scenes and two songs were shot.
|Thiru Thiruda||Srinivas, Sujatha|
|Sunday||Karthik, Mathangi, Nitish, Jayashree, Arsith|
|Engirindhu Vandhayada||Chandana Bala|
|Five Star||Anuradha Sriram, Shubha Mudgal, Timmy, Chinmayi|