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    Making space
    With most theaters having been blocked for the Pongal-festival films, the year’s first Friday saw the release of four small budget movies, with no big names to boast of. Not surprisingly, one of them, Unnai Thottu Kollava was a ghost-flick. Says Vijay Murali the film’s producer, “We have been struggling to get the film released for a long time, but couldn’t get theaters. I’m grateful that we finally managed to get a limited screening, before the big films took over this Pongal”. Non-availability of theaters seems to be the common grouse for small filmmakers.

    Second innings
    Cashing in on the Pongal-festive mood, the much anticipated Vijay-starrer Bhairava  has hit theaters this Thursday (January 12). This is Vijay’s second outing with director Bharathan after Azhagiya Thamizh Magan. The movie also marks the actor’s fresh teaming with Keerthy Suresh, whose career graph has witnessed a stupendous rise within a short span of time. Incidentally, the film is Vijay’s 60th venture. While the director-hero’s earlier joint outing may not have been a satisfactory one, one hopes that this action thriller will strike the right chord with his fans.

    Ruling the roost
    With the highest number of releases to his credit in the year gone by, it seems like Vijay Sethupathi is all set to maintain the record this year too with Puriyaadha Pudhir gearing up for release. Sharing space with him is Gayathri, his co-star from Naduvula Konjam Pakkathe Kaanom. Apart from their interesting screen chemistry, one can expect Sethupathi to be showcased in a different light. Touted as an emotional crime thriller, the film has been directed by debutant Ranjit Jayakodi.

    Malini Mannath

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