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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, “Apart from the fear factor, which will run throughout the film, the plot has a strong emotional connect, too.” 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 54321’s intriguing title, and the former assistant to Karthik Subburaj says, “It relates to five characters, four lifestyles, three murders, two hours and one story of revenge. There will be quite a few countdowns, too.” 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. “It (in the Malayalam film) was a supporting role and had earned me applause. The Thiruvananthapuram slang the character adopted was the highlight,” he says. “The Tamil version has no particular slang though. Apart from minor changes to suit nativity, the essence of the original version has been retained,” adds the actor.

    Malini Mannath

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