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    In the spotlight
    At the recently concluded CIFF, I spotted Vicky at the screening of Nila. He was elated at the response for his inspired performance of a cab driver caught between love and aversion for a girl he had fallen for. Vicky had played Jai’s friend in Vadacurry and Simbu’s in Acham Enbadhu Madhamayada. “Nila is my first lead role. And I’m touched by the encouraging feedback,” he says. Yet to have a local release, the film has done the round of various International film fests. Incidentally, it’s debutant director, Selvamani Selvaraj had worked with
    Santhosh Sivan and Ang Lee ( ‘Life of Pi’).

    One for the people
    Also at the CIFF was Ashok Selvan, holding the fort in the absence of director Priyadarshan at the screening of Sila Samayangalil. A film on AIDS awareness, it has a relevant issue treated in a breezy way. The ace director had earlier said that it was a film made with a lot of heart and passion. Selvan has played a prominent character in the film. Ask him about his experience and he says, “I feel privileged to have worked with Priyadarshan.
    It was an amazing journey.”

    Three times lucky
    ‘Daring Lion’ (sic) says the words in the poster announcing the release of S-111, the third installment of the Singam franchise. Scheduled to release on 26th this month, the film has some additional characters in the cop-story directed by Hari. Says Suriya, “We have tried to maintain the same energy level as in the earlier films. Hari was cautious that it should not be repetitive. Though it’s in the action genre, the emotional quotient too has come out well.”

    Malini Mannath


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