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    Road not taken
    His dream to play a historical-fantasy character was fulfilled by playing Kattappa in Baahubali. Now Sathyaraj is exploring a role he’s never done before—that of a ghost, in the horror-comedy Jackson Durai (releasing today), where he shares frames with son Sibi. On his role, Sathyaraj says, “There is no definite grammar for a ghost-themed film and there is no reference point one can draw from real life either. So we get the freedom to depict it our way.” With the actor’s penchant for getting his teeth into any role, essaying this one should be a cakewalk for him.

    Shifting gears
    Partly a road trip, Onbadhilirundhu Pathuvarai segues into a thriller in the second half. The directorial debut of Vijay Shanmughavel, who has scripted films in various languages, it has Kathir and Malayali actress Swapna Menon in the lead.
    “The heroine is an RJ and the hero, a cab driver, who falls for her voice,” informs the director. He adds that the film (releasing today) includes romance, murder, suspense and thrills, and that hehas given it a ‘‘breezy and light hearted treatment’’.

    Money monster
    “My film centres on the life of rag pickers and the repercussions on their lives when harassed by some rowdy elements,” says director Abdul Majid on Paisa, which hits theatres today. Majid assures that the locations and narrative style will lend a realistic feel. He adds that the film will also convey a relevant message—that while money is important in life, it should not be only about it. Paisa stars Sreeram (of Pasanga, Golisoda fame) and Aara in the lead.

    Malini Mannath

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