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    Horror with heart
    Ita��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, a�?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.a�? 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 todaya��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). Selvaraghavana��s scripts are usually layered, the characters complex. It will be interesting to watch how Geethanjali has executed it on screen.

    Seeing double
    a�?I don two avatars in Tharkaapua��a cop and a dona��both contrasting in look and body language,a�? says Shakthivel Vasu, aka Shakthi. The actor returns to the Tamil screen after a hiatus of a couple of years. a�?It was my immaturity and the mistakes I made in the selection of scripts that led to my lean phase,a�? 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 actora��s career seems to be back on the right track now.

    Malini Mannath


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