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    All in the name
    He has carved an enviable niche for himself as a maker who thinks out of the box and keeps up with the times. It’s not just the titles of Parthiban’s films, but even the taglines that are catchy. All geared up for release this weekend is Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga. Producing, directing and acting in it, Parthiban shares frames with Shanthanu and Parvathy Nair. He explains, “My characters are normal people who commit mistakes and tend to find excuses.” One can expect yet another interesting take on human follies.

    A-game
    2016 has turned out to be a lucky year for Vijay Sethupathi. If one goes by the number of movies of a hero released this year, Sethupathi tops the list with six releases. And most of them were ones that did credit to his talent. Largely sticking to scripts that fell within his comfort zone, Sethupathi has managed to retain his image of an actor who selects his scripts smartly. The actor has some exciting projects lined up for the next year. And that includes Puriyadha Pudhir and K V Anand’s Kavan, which should hopefully showcase him in a new light.

    Finding his feet
    “Mani Ratnam is the inspiration for igniting in me a passion for movies,” says debutante director Karthik Naren. A self-made filmmaker, he has a couple of short films to his credit. Karthik’s debut film, Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru, centres around a cop who gets disabled during an investigation, and returns to the scene years later to solve the unsolved puzzle. “I’ve tried a rather abstract way of storytelling,” says Karthik. The film, sans songs and the typical hero-heroine scenario, could well be a game-changer for Rahman.

    Malini Mannath

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