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    Setting a precedent
    Independent maker R Aravind’s debut film Karma, a psychological suspense thriller, released online a while back. He explains, “Being an experimental film for a niche audience, I’d realised that a theater release wouldn’t be a viable proposition.” The producer-director also informs that this was the first Indian film to have an online commercial release and that he had recovered his investment within a month. Aravind is on to his second venture now. “The script is ready and it’s a woman-centric plot,” he reveals. Aravind adds that it would be on ‘a bigger canvas, part Indie-part commercial and with known actors.’ And this time he would be opting for a theatrical release.

    Finding his feet
    All industry kids don’t have it easy. Like Shakti, son of director P Vasu, who has yet to get a strong footing in films. But Shivalinga could well be a game changer for the actor. The film, a blockbuster in Kannada, has been adapted to Tamil, with Vasu helming the Tamil version too. Shakti is reprising the role he had played in the earlier version, of a tormented soul exposing his detractors. His was an inspired performance and his best to date. The film is certain to give his career a new lease of life.

    Out of the comfort zone
    While his earlier films have been home productions, Vijay Antony has now opted to act in an outside banner. Antony’s upcoming film is to be bankrolled by Sarath Kumar-Radhika’s production house. It was for a Sarath Kumar-starrer that Antony in his initial days as a music composer had scored music for. And now with his stardom on the rise, Antony seems to be returning the favour. With his films like Pitchaikaran doing well in its dubbed version in Andhra, this one would be a bilingual (Tamil/Telugu).

    Malini Mannath

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