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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 releasea��touted as an edge-of-the-seat thrillera��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 persona��s life. Wea��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. a�?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 a�?stylisha�� character that I doubted whether I could carry it off,a�? he recalls. But his doubts are assuaged now. a�?Every actor likes to look stylish and good on screen and this has been my best look so far,a�?A� he adds.

    Folk connect
    a�?It cannot be encapsulated in words, it is an experience,a�? 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 filma��centered on the lives of folk artistesa��Sashikumar essays a character a�?who knows to play a variety of musical instrumentsa�?. The Pongal release has Varalakshmy essaying the female lead. With Balaa��s penchant for character-detailing, the film should be an interesting watch.

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