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    Spooks aplenty
    Lovers of horror have a treat awaiting them, as Bayam Oru
    Payanam is out. Calling it a film true to its genre, debutant director Mani Sharma says, a�?Apart from the fear factor, which will run throughout the film, the plot has a strong emotional connect, too.a�? Dr Bharath Reddy, who was earlier seen in supporting roles, gets his first lead act, sharing screen space with the likes of Vishakha Singh and Meenakshi Dixit. Get ready for a spine-tingling experience.

    Counting down
    Ask director Raghavendra Prasad about his film 54321a��s intriguing title, and the former assistant to Karthik Subburaj says, a�?It relates to five characters, four lifestyles, three murders, two hours and one story of revenge. There will be quite a few countdowns, too.a�? Touching on OCD (Obsessive Compulsory Disorder), the film, which is releasing today, could well break stereotypes and make for an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

    The big return
    Returning to the Tamil screen after a hiatus, Manoj K Jayan, will be seen reprising his role from the Malayalam original, Thattathin Marayathu, in its Tamil remake, Meendum Oru Kadhal Kathai, which is set to hit theatres today. a�?It (in the Malayalam film) was a supporting role and had earned me applause. The Thiruvananthapuram slang the character adopted was the highlight,a�? he says. a�?The Tamil version has no particular slang though. Apart from minor changes to suit nativity, the essence of the original version has been retained,a�? adds the actor.

    Malini Mannath

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