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    Akhil on the movepadai-veeran-snip1
    “Thanks to Ilami I got Padai Veeran,” says Akhil. The Kalloori hero had played the antagonist in it and it seems to have worked to his
    advantage. His career, which was moving at a snail’s pace, has since picked up. Padai Veeran directed by Bhana, a former assistant to Mani Ratnam, has Akhil playing a cop and sharing screen space with Vijay Yesudas (singer) and Bharatiraja. “It will take me to the next level in my career,” the actor says confidently. Also on the floors is Alai Pesi with Anu Krishna, his co-star in Ilami.

    Say it like Shettysanchita-shetty-snip2
    Sanchita Shetty can’t stop smiling these days. Last Friday, two of her films were released (Rum and Ennodu Vilayaadu), with Shetty
    getting substantial screen time in both. The handful of films she had acted in were all thrillers, including Pizza and Soodhu Kavvum. “I’m selective in my choice of scripts and so far I’ve been lucky,” says the Bengaluru-based actress. Her upcoming films include a Kannada film and a Malayalam one.

    A new leaf
    “I’d heard the script about five years back. Back then I wasn’t confident I could carry it off. And when it came to me a second time, I felt I was sufficiently equipped to tackle the complex role,” says Vijay Antony about Yaman (releasing today). After Naan, this is Antony’s second outing with director Jeeva Shankar. The actor-composer reportedly has gone for a complete make-over in this political thriller. A take on contemporary politics, it’s about an ordinary man who rises to the highest echelons of political power.

    Malini Mannath

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