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    Talking point
    “Ours is a country obsessed with marriage, and my film is a take on it,” says Nelson Venkatesan, on his directorial debut, Oru Naal Koothu. Releasing today, it stars Dinesh, Nivetha and Mia George in the lead. According to Venkatesan, it was his decade-long tryst with radio that gave him the confidence to venture into direction. He adds that the film will be talked about for its performances and that Dinesh, who has stepped out of his comfort zone, will be a revelation.

    Greener pastures
    His role as a transgender in Narthaki (2011) had earned Ashwin applause. After a fairly long gap came director SA Chandrasekhar’s Touring Talkies (2015) and the recently-released Inaiya Thalamurai. While the actor admits that he has “no new offers as of now from Tamil makers”, he seems to have impressed Kannada filmmakers. He has bagged the lead in Madhani. “It’s a musical-romantic-action flick,” says the actor. Tamil screen’s loss seems to be Kannada’s gain.

    One for the tots
    For lovers of the comic-horror genre, there’s a new flick releasing this weekend. Pandiyoda Galatta Thaangala, directed by newcomer ST Gunasekharan, has Nitin Satyaa and Resha Raja in the lead. Satyaa plays the role of a roadside soft-toy seller. “The whole plot revolves around a mansion, a toy seller and the toys he has,” says the actor, adding that the film, unlike earlier ones of the genre,
    will be targeted at children.

    Malini Mannath

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