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    Changing avenues
    A passion for Tamil films made Arun Chidambaram, an IT professional, quit his job in the US and come to Chennai. “I have no experience in filmmaking. It’s only by watching a lot of films that I was inspired to become a director,” he confesses. His directorial debut Kanavu Vaariyam, in which he plays the lead too, is set to hit theatres shortly. The film has won seven international awards and honours, Chidambaram adds. He categorises his film as ‘a sensible entertainer and an inspiring tale for family audiences.’

    David vs. Goliath
    Prathap is unfazed that his directorial debut Prakaamiyam will be sharing theatre space with the Suriya-starrer Si-3 this weekend. “Yes, it is a huge film. But I have faith in the audience who has always been welcoming of new themes,” says the marine engineer-turned-filmmaker. Interestingly, Prathap formerly assisted Parthiepan and Youreka. A psychological thriller, the film has the director himself playing the protagonist. “I produced it with a budget of `45 lakh, some of it
    borrowed from friends. I hope to recover it,” he says, confidently.

    New-age thrills
    The shooting of producer CV Kumar’s debut directorial film, Mayavan, has just been wrapped up. Kumar’s production house has been associated with films that were new-age thrillers, made within a reasonable budget and with fresh talent. He has a knack of picking good scripts and many of the films he bankrolled (Attakathi, Pizza, Soodhu Kavvum) were profitable ventures. Mayavan is a suspense-crime-thriller with lesser-known actors. “I’ve taken inspiration and learnt from the movies I’ve produced,” says Kumar.

    Malini Mannath

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