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    Power of two
    With Vikrama��s penchant for essaying challenging characters and get his teeth into a role, Iru Mugan is naturally an eagerly-awaited film. Directed by Anand Shankar, it has quite a few firsts going for it, including marking the first time Vikram is being paired with Nayanthara. This is also a first for Vikram tackling a double role, playing both the protagonist and the antagonist, with the lattera��s character of a�?Lovea�� revealing yet another dimension to the actora��s performance.

    Launching pad
    A passion for acting in Tamil filmsA� brought this Bengaluru-based software engineer to the city. Yamini Lakshmanan has now got her first break in Papparapaam, where she plays one of the two female leads. a�?When I heard that director Sasikumaran was on the look-out for an actress, I approached him and got through the audition. Ita��s a chunky role for a debutante,a�? she says.
    The debutante who juggles her job and shoots also adds that acting will be her priority.

    Changing tracks
    A team of star kids, along with seasoned actors, form the cast of Vaaimai. Shanthanu, who plays the lead, shares screen space with Prithvi and Manoj, sons of Pandiarajan and Bharathiraja respectively. In supporting roles are Poornima Bhagyaraj, Thiagarajan, Ramki and Goundamani. A Senthil Kumar who has worked with Vasanthabalan and Priya has struck out as an independent filmmaker with this weekend release. a�?Ita��s a socio-political satire. It will touch on law that goes by the book, at times running into
    conflict with human rights,a�? says Kumar

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