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

    Back with a bang
    Ita��s testing time for Goundamani. For 49-O, the film which marks the comediana��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, a�?Goundamani has been in the industry for 39 years. He has no political affiliations and we thought he is the right person to cast.a�?

    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.


    Malini Mannath


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