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    Reality check
    We rarely get to see a technical crew reprising their real-life professions on screen. But Kallapadam, releasing today, has its debutant director J Vadivel, music composer K, editor Gaugin and cinematographer Sreerama Santhosh in the lead roles. The film centres on four film technicians and their struggles to make their first film. ‘‘It’s being featured in a couple of international film festivals in April and September,’’
    says Vadivel.

    Caught in the middle
    Patra has a team of débutantes and lesser-known names in its crew and cast. An action thriller, it centres on a young man who aspires to make it big in life and gets caught between two dark forces. Mithun essays the lead, with Vaidehi playing his romantic pair.
    The film, directed by Jayantan, a former assistant of Sundar C, is scheduled to hit theatres today.

    The village route
    After a couple of Tamil films (Vallinam, Marumunai), Mrudula Bhaskar shifted to the Telugu screen when Ramgopal Varma offered her Ice Cream-2. Now she is back in Tamil with Thilagar, which is releasing today. ‘‘I play a lively rural belle,’’ says the actress, who recently opened her own dance-music-yoga institute in Bengaluru. The film, an action flick directed by debutant Perumal Pillai, has Dhruva producing it and playing the hero.

    Malini Mannath

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