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    Musical chairs
    From a dancer to a choreographer and now a hero, Sridhar has come a long way. He plays the lead in Pokkiri Mannan, directed by debutant Ragomadesh. A musical romance, the film seems an ideal launch vehicle for the debutant. “Choreography is my first love and passion, and I will never leave it,” says Sridhar.

    Twice lucky
    A participant in the short film competition, Naalaya Iyakunar, Kalyan makes his transition to the longer format. The director has two films on the floors. While Kathai Solla Porom a November release, has newbies in the lead, Kaathadi stars Karthik (nephew of actress Sridevi), who had played the cop in Nadunisi Naaygal. ‘‘The first is a children’s film and the second an action thriller,” says the director.

    Passing the baton
    All set for release today is Kalkandu, directed by A M Nandakumar, who has directed a couple of films— including Vijaykanth starrer Thennavan. The film also marks the debut of yet another industry kid. Gajesh, son of actor Anand Babu and grandson of the late Nagesh, plays the lead. Sharing frames with him in this romantic entertainer is Dimple Chopade.

    - Malini Mannath

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