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    After Zero, what?
    His debut fantasy-horror thriller Zero had quite a few elements that were unusual and interesting. But it received a lukewarm response at the box office. However director Shiv Mohaa has reason to smile. For the film has recently been conferred the a�?Distinguished Designa�� honor from the Rocheston Accreditation Institute for its a�?Exceptional artistic creation and techniquea��. Meanwhile, Mohaa is all set to launch his next film. a�?Ita��s about crime against women. And it would be an emotional thriller,a�? says he.

    The trump card
    After supporting roles in films like Aaranyakandam and Jigarthanda, Guru Somasundaram gets to play the protagonist in Joker. a�?When I was approached to play the lead I was a bit doubtful whether the director was serious about taking me. In fact I confirmed it from him quite a few times to his amusement,a�? he recalls. He adds that the team had long rehearsals to perfect the nuances and detailing. Directed by Raju Murugan (of Cuckoo), the film, releasing today, is a socio-political satire.

    On the road
    She was one of the a�?Calendar Girlsa�� in Madhur Bhandarkara��s film of the same title. A model and a participant in various beauty pageants like Femina Miss India, Ruhi Singh had caught Bhandarkara��s eye and was picked up for his film. And now Singh debuts on the Tamil screen with Bongu, a road-film, where she shares frames with Natarajan Subramaniam. Incidentally, Raai Laxmi the initial choice had reportedly opted out of the film due to an injury. And Laxmia��s loss has been Singha��s gain.

    Malini Mannath


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