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    Keeping it real
    Hardly does a weekend go by without a ‘supernatural’ presence at the theatres. This time, it’s Maya, directed by debutant Ashwin Saravanan. Nayanthara plays a single mother in the horror flick, which is true to its genre—it is sans any comic elements. Aari, who shares screenspace with the actress, says, “She was very comfortable to work with. She is very down-to-earth and a professional.” The actor adds that after seeing the film, she had commended his performance.

    Back with a bang
    It’s testing time for Goundamani. For 49-O, the film which marks the comedian’s return to the big screen after a long sabbatical, has just hit theatres. Directed by Arokiadoss, a former assistant to Gautham Menon, the film is a political satire with a relevant message. Doctor Sivabalan, the producer, says, “Goundamani has been in the industry for 39 years. He has no political affiliations and we thought he is the right person to cast.”

    Blockbuster reboot
    In the growing list of Malayalam films being remade in Tamil, is the Nivin Pauly-Isha Talwar starrer Thattathin Maravathu. Titled Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai, both Talwar and Manoj K Jayan reprise their roles from the earlier version. Debutant Gautam plays the role essayed by Pauly. The love saga between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl had a refreshing take. And one hopes Mithran Jawahar, who directs the Tamil version, will capture the essence of the original.


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