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    Scare tactics
    For lovers of the horror genre, there is a new release this weekend. “Kalam is pure unadulterated horror and it’s crafted with a logical sensibility,” says director Robert Raj. Calling his first work ‘doubly challenging’, he explains, “Directing a supernatural flick and involving the audience in it is a difficult task. Also, the script is crafted by another and I have to do justice to his work.” The film includes newcomers in the lead.

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    National award-winning Jolly LLB, the Arshad Warsi-starrer, has been adapted for the Tamil screen as Manithan. It revolves around a small-time lawyer who, desperate for fame and money, turns into a crusader for the oppressed. A courtroom drama for the most part, it’s a different role for Udhayanidhi Stalin. Directed by Ahmed, the film (releasing today) has an ensemble cast, including Hansika, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rajesh, Radharavi and Vivekh.

    MM-Snip2bMaking himself heard
    The recent Ennul Aayiram had Vincent Ashokan playing a suave cop. The release came after a long sabbatical for the actor. Ask him about it and he says, “It’s not in me to approach people and ask for chances. It’s probably because of that.” He candidly admits that he has just one movie, Evan Avan, in his kitty now. Ashokan adds that this year he has also turned a new leaf and is now meeting people. Seems like the right move for the reticent actor.

    Malini Mannath


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