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    (From left) Ashwin Shekhar, Arulnidhi and S P Jananathan

    Seven-year itch
    Ashwin Shekher debuted seven years ago with Vegam. Now he’s back with his second film, Ninaivil Nindraval. Why the long gap? “No suitable roles came my way,” says Shekher candidly, adding that the film’s plot is centred on mercy killing and offered him a role that is different and challenging. Vegam, which will release soon, is the debut work of director Agasthya Bharathi, who passed away during the film’s making.

    Comedy central
    Arulnidhi is eagerly awaiting his next release, Oru Kanniyum Moondru Kalavanigalum. While his last film, Thagararu, was an action-oriented one, this film is a comic caper. “I’ve tried my hand at comedy for the first time and I hope it will work,” says the actor. Directed by Chimbudevan, the film sees Arulnidhi sharing frames with Bindhu Madhavi and Arshita.

    Port of call
    Iyarkai was director S P Jananathan’s debut directorial venture, and it went on to snap up the National Award for Best Tamil Feature Film in 2003. The film, which had Shaam and Arun Vijay in the cast, was a love triangle set against a port town. Not only was it aesthetically directed, but it also had a fresh feel to it. Now we’ve found out that the film will soon get a sequel. An interesting venture to wait for, indeed.

    – Malini Mannath

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