Medley of dance and romance

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By CHANDRIMA MAITRA
  • Published 9.08.11
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Bhubaneswar, Aug. 8: The audio release function of romantic Oriya flick Mu Premi Mu Pagala a few days ago at city hotel was an event full of fun and excitement.

While debutante Harihar displayed energetic steps to the tunes of his solo number Yahoo yahoo yahoo, newcomer Anubha Panda, daughter of yesteryear actress Pushpa Panda, encouraged her co-star.

Prasant Padhi, the music director of the film, has come up with six peppy, romantic songs to match the mood of the film and attract the teenage audience. There is a mix of hip-hop, romantic and sad numbers in the film.

As marketing and packaging are vital ingredients for a successful commercial film, director Sudhanshu Mohan Sahoo has applied this formula in Mu Premi Mu Pagala.

The story revolves around two teenagers, played by Anubha and Harihar, who fall in love while in college.

However, parents of the lovebirds play spoilsport by coming in their way. After overcoming several hardships and emotional ordeals, the couple finally reunite and the story concludes with a happy ending.

“If you look at the story there is nothing new about it. But the way director Sudhanshu Padhi packaged the entire film and retold a banal story, it is something to watch out for. It’s like old wine in a new bottle,” said veteran actor Bijay Mohanty, who plays the role of the Anubha’s father in the film.

The film, produced by Lutu Mohanty and Pratap Sahoo under the banners of Micro Films and Enterprises Private Limited, has all the elements of a teenage romantic love story.

“After my last film Sanju and Sanjana, I was looking for fresh faces for Mu Premi Mu Pagala. As it is a youthful film with peppy dance numbers, I wanted good dancers who can act well. My son suggested Anubha and Harihar and I immediately knew they would fit the bill perfectly,” said Lutu Mohanty.

The thrill and delight was very much evident on the fresh faces anxiously waiting for the release of the film that would hit the theatres on August 12.

“The songs are wonderful and shooting with Harihar was fun. Since we both love to dance and there were ample opportunities for us to groove onscreen, we had a gala time. But I must admit that my favourite is Premo ashe thare jibon re, a sad number,” said Anubha.

Prasant Padhi, however, admitted to have worked extra hard for the film as he had to create tunes to match the nimble feet of Harihar.