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    Horror reboot
    “It’s a supernatural-romantic thriller and no one has tried this particular theme in Tamil cinema before,” begins Shiv Moha, describing Zero, his debut directorial venture. Moha, who has apprenticed with Bharat Bala in Maryan, assures us that the film will “give a different feel” and that it will be sans the horror elements we would normally associate with a film of this genre. Releasing today, Zero has Ashwin and Sshivada playing the leads, with JD Chakravarthy in a crucial role.

    A fresh take
    Vamshi Paidipally, the maker of successful Telugu entertainers like Brindavanam and Yevadu, is debuting in Tamil with Thozha (which has a Telugu version, too). The Karthi-Nagarjuna-Tamannaah-starrer (in theatres today) is an adaptation of the French comic-drama, The Intouchables. What drew him to the film? “It’s a story of bondage, love and hope. Its universal sensibility drew me to it,” says Paidipally, adding that while he has tried to capture the soul of the original, he has also interchanged a few characters.

    Solid innings
    I bumped into Aari recently. The actor was busy dubbing for his next release, Unnodu Ka. “It’s the first time I’m doing a totally commercial entertainer,” he says. A summer release, it has the actor playing an antiques dealer. Following a splendid performance in Nedunchalai, and holding his own in Maya, a woman-centric plot with Nayanthara, his career has been on the upswing. Lined up are films like Maane Thene Peiye and Kadai Enn 6.

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