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    Horror with heart
    It’s not surprising that among the New Year releases (around seven) is a horror-comedy. After a decade, director Kanmani makes his comeback with the comic-supernatural flick, Peigal Jakirathai. Ask him how different his film is and he says, “I know that about a 100 horror comedies have hit theatres. But I can assure you that the emotional part of the plot will touch a chord with the audience.” The film, starring newbies, has Thambi Ramaiah and Rajendran playing crucial roles, with the duo even lending their voices for a song.

    Dramatic debut
    The most anticipated of today’s releases is Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam, directed by Gitanjali Selvaraghavan. Her husband, ace director Selvaraghavan, has penned the script. Touted as a romantic drama, it has newbies Wamiqa Gabbi (from the Punjabi Screen) and Balakrishna Kola, (son of editor Kola Bhaskar). Selvaraghavan’s scripts are usually layered, the characters complex. It will be interesting to watch how Geethanjali has executed it on screen.

    Seeing double
    “I don two avatars in Tharkaapu—a cop and a don—both contrasting in look and body language,” says Shakthivel Vasu, aka Shakthi. The actor returns to the Tamil screen after a hiatus of a couple of years. “It was my immaturity and the mistakes I made in the selection of scripts that led to my lean phase,” he admits candidly, adding that he was waiting for the right script. When Tharkaapu (releasing today) came his way, he found it the ideal vehicle for a comeback. The actor’s career seems to be back on the right track now.

    Malini Mannath


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