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    Changing track
    Pandiraj is stepping out of his comfort zone in Kathakali. The director, who has a penchant for children-centric themes, is tackling a murder mystery. The Pongal release—touted as an edge-of-the-seat thriller—has the fresh teaming of Vishal and Catherine Tresa. Chronicling the mysterious happenings of a day, the story begins with a phone call that changes a person’s life. We’ll soon know if the director is skilful with the suspense-thriller genre, too.

    Style check
    Vikranth is elated. The actor has been getting positive feedback for his portrayal of Marcos in Gethu, the Pongal release. “When Udhayanidhi called me to ask if I was interested in playing the antagonist in his film, I had no hesitation, as he is a friend. It was when I was told that it was a ‘stylish’ character that I doubted whether I could carry it off,” he recalls. But his doubts are assuaged now. “Every actor likes to look stylish and good on screen and this has been my best look so far,”  he adds.

    Folk connect
    “It cannot be encapsulated in words, it is an experience,” says Sashikumar, when asked how it was working with his mentor, director Bala, in Thaarai Thappattai. He adds that it was a rare privilege when Bala chose him to play the lead. In the film—centered on the lives of folk artistes—Sashikumar essays a character “who knows to play a variety of musical instruments”. The Pongal release has Varalakshmy essaying the female lead. With Bala’s penchant for character-detailing, the film should be an interesting watch.


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