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    Reflecting reality
    Kannadi Bommaigal (2014), a 50-minute documentary highlighting the plight of lightmen in films, fetched him awards at international fests. And now, using it as a backdrop, director Venkatesh Kumar has weaved a fictional story around it, to make a feature film in Tamil titled Lightman. On his choice of theme, he says, “These workers are some of the most overused, under-payed, and isolated ones among film technicians. My 80-minute feature will have 60 per cent fiction and 40 per cent of the material gathered from the interviews.” Seems like a fascinating mix of genres and a film to watch out for!

    Fresh innings
    Vikram Prabhu’s films release at regular intervals, sustaining his career graph at a steady pace. All geared up for this weekend is Veera Sivaji, where the actor shares space with Shamili, Shalini’s sister and Maniratnam’s endearing Anjali, from decades back. Though Shamili has played the heroine in a Telugu film, it’s her first lead on Tamil screen. The plot centres on a call by a taxi driver, his bonding with a child, and the happenings on a road journey. The film is touted as an urban rom-com with a feel good flavour.

    Third-time luckysuriya-singam-759
    “It all looks very positive. Outsiders to whom we have screened  the film have remarked that the energy levels are equal to that of the earlier versions,” says Suriya, on his year-end release Singam III. The third of the Singam series, it stars Shruti Haasan in the lead, apart from Anushka Shetty. Another new entrant to the franchise is seasoned actress Radikaa Sarathkumar. Heaping praise on her, Suriya remarks, “It’s a key role in the film. We wanted Radikaa for it, and we are happy she is on board.”

    -Malini Mannath

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