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    Officer’s debut
    Having composed music for the Suriya-starrer Shri about a decade ago, his training in music cannot be questioned. But the former Merchant Navy officer’s ambition was to become a film director. Biding his time composing jingles for commercials and making short films, Ramnathan has finally made it. His debut film Vithaiyadi Naanunakku, releasing shortly, is a dark psychological thriller involving just two characters, with him essaying one of them. “It’s a neo-noir style film,” he informs. Intriguing and suspenseful, it has brilliant performances by the two actors.

    Yes, Minister
    Kali Venkat who has played supporting characters in various films, gets to play one of the leads in Raja Mandhiri. The story, centered around two siblings, has Kalaiarasan of Madras fame playing the other role. Kali gets his own romantic track and a catchy song picturised on him too. “I related to the role as the incidents seemed like those that had happened in my life,” he says. The film, a rural- based entertainer (releasing today), is directed by debutant Usha Krishnan.

    After the wait
    With his rising star status, a couple of films Bobby Simha had signed earlier and which got delayed due to various reasons, now seem to be making its way to theaters. Like Metro, where Simha plays the antagonist and shares frames with Shirish and Sendrayan. Directed by Ananda Krishnan (hitting theaters today), it’s reportedly a stark and realistic depiction of a crime scene in a metro like Chennai. A bike-car chase is said to be one of the highlights of the film.

    Malini Mannath

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