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    Second Coming

    More than a couple of decades after he debuted on the Tamil screen with Veettai Paar Naattai Paar, Thulasidas returns with Thiraikku Varadha Kadhai. “I thought I will make my re-entry in Tamil only after I get a fresh script,” says the veteran director of Malayalam films, who has worked with the likes of Mammootty and Mohanlal. A bilingual (titled Girls in Malayalam), the supernatural suspense-thriller releasing today is sans any horrorelements. Its USP, however, is that it has an all-female cast that includes Nadhiya, Iniya  and Eden.

    The last lap
    Rum, helmed by debutant Sai Bharath, is in its post-production stage. Touted as a heist-horror-thriller, the film has Hrishikesh playing the lead. Singer-composer Anirudh’s cousin (who has crafted the film’s music), the actor had essayed the role of Dhanush’s younger brother in Velaiyilla Pattadhaari. Sharing frames with him are Sanchita Shetty and Mia George. Incidentally, Rum, which means ‘verdict’, is slated for a year-end release.

    Leap of faith
    He has had a handful of releases, but is yet to get a strong foothold in the industry. But Kadalai (slated for a Diwali release) could well be a game changer for Ma Ka Pa Anand, a popular TV anchor. “It is a full length comic-family entertainer,” says debutant director Sagaya Suresh about the film. Suresh adds that he has conveyed a relevant message for today’s youth  ‘without sounding preachy’.

    Malini Mannath

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