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    (From left) Karthi, Shanmughapandian, and Richard

    Early serving

    Get a taste of Karthia��s Biriyani a few days early. a�?Since we expected Kochadiyaan to release for Pongal, we advanced our film schedule to take advantage of the Xmas holidays,a�? says director Venkat Prabhu. The film will release on December 20. a�?Ita��s the first time that Ia��ve tried the crime-investigation genre,a�? adds Prabhu, but he reassures his fans that a�?like my earlier films this, too, will have a multi-track narrative. Only, they will converge much earlier in the narration.a�?

    New innings

    Yet another star kid is donning make-up. Ita��s none other than Shanmughapandian, actor-politician Vijaykantha��s second son. The film, Sagaptham, is a home production and will be made on a mega budget. While many industry bigwigs sent him messages, the Captaina��s
    contemporaries like Prabhu and Karthik graced the introduction-meet to personally bless the debutant.

    A a�?darka�� return

    Richard (aka Rishi to Telugu film goers) has had an on-off tryst with Tamil films. After a fairly long hiatus, former actor Shalinia��s brother is back with Ner Edhir. Directed by debutant Jaypradeep, the suspense thriller revolves around five characters. According to the director, the filma��s USP is that a�?ita��s been shot totally at night.a�?

    Malini Mannath

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