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    Director’s cut
    The first-time teaming of director Balaji Mohan and Dhanush in Maari promises exciting possibilities.  “I’ve crafted  Dhanush’s character along the likes of how I would have liked to see him on screen,’’ says Mohan, who assures that his film will be a surprise for those who have watched his two earlier flicks. Releasing today, Maari is produced by the Radhika- Sarath- Stephen team. Dhanush, who is paired with Kajal Agarwal, plays a local hooligan.


    The wait is overmade in madras 1
    For STR fans, it’s reassuring news. The much-awaited and delayed Simbu-Hansika starrer, Vaalu, is releasing shortly. The film, directed by debutant Vijay Chander, is about a middle-class boy who falls in love and the repercussions on the family. “It will be a full-fledged entertainer with romance, humour, family sentiment and action woven in. It will be a treat for Simbu’s fans,”promises Chander.


    Living the dream
    “My dream has come true at the age of 60,” says Satyaraj with a laugh. Elaborating, he adds that it was his long-time desire to play a character in a fantasy-period film. And after 38 years in the industry, it finally materialised through Baahubali. “I feel proud to be part of the film and all the credit goes to (director)Rajamouli,” he adds. The actor has been garnering praise for his portrayal of Kattappa, a slave loyal to the crown.

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