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    Fresh beginnings
    The decade-old bonding between actors Jayaram, Prabhu and Kamal Haasan is one that has stood the test of time. So it’s not surprising that Jayaram’s son, Kalidas’ first release as a lead actor is in Tamil (Meenkuzhambum Manpaanayum, releasing this weekend) and is bankrolled by Prabhu’s family banner. While the latter essays a crucial role, Haasan lends his weight by playing a cameo. Incidentally, Kalidas, who has acted as a child in a couple of Malayalam films, had won the National award for his performance in Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum. With such goodwill and guidance, his debut on Tamil screen is unlikely to go wrong.

    Joining the race
    Titles of Tamil films seem to be in the ‘sprint’ mode. Odu Raja Odu, a crime-comedy, has Charuhaasan playing a retired don. While Odu Kumar Odu—centered on marital relationships and a murder—has Ramachandran, one of MGR’s grandsons, debuting as the hero. And, of course, there is the Santhanam flick, Odi Odi Uzhaikanam, an action comedy. Hope the titles of these films help them have a good run at the box office.

    Two to tango
    Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru is all set to release shortly. The film marks the first teaming of director M Rajesh and actor GV Prakash. A road film, it’s a rom-com about a youngster’s encounter with two girls on a journey. Sharing screen space with Prakash—who also composes the film’s music—is Anandhi and Nikki Galrani. But missing here would be Santhanam, the lucky mascot of Rajesh’s earlier films. However, the film could well be a game changer for RJ Balaji who replaces him.

    Malini Mannath



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