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    It would have been music director GV Prakasha��s acting debut had it released on time. But Pencil, stalled due to financial hassles, is finally hitting theaters this weekend. The silver lining however is that its lead pair Prakash and Sridivya have since made a mark for themselves as actors to reckon with. And this augurs well for the prospect of the film, a suspense thriller. Says debutant director Mani Nagaraj (former assistant to Gautham Menon), a�?even though it was Prakasha��s acting debut, he was a quick learner. It didna��t take much time to mould him and in a few days he was like a one-take artist.a�?

    MIM-Snip2Round two
    Carrying forward the franchise of the highly successful KV Anand-directed Ko, is its sequel Ko 2. Though not linked to the earlier plot, this too is a political thriller involving investigative journalism. Helmed by debutant Sarath who has apprenticed with Vishnuvardhan and Chakri, the film (releasing today) has Bobby Simha and Nikki Galrani in the lead. One has to wait and watch if the sequel is as intriguing and entertaining as the earlier version was.

    Away from horrorA�MIM-Snip3
    Horror-flicks centered round paranormal activities have been their forte. But now the director duo Hari-Haresh have deviated from their favourite genre with a theme catering to family audiences. Jambulingam in 3D format (releasing today) and shot mostly in Japan, is about the predicament of a group of magicians, who are in Japan for a show, and lose their way in a forest. Says cinematographer Satish, a constant factor in the directorsa�� films, a�?Ita��s a feel good family entertainer, targeted at the kids.a�?

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