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    Road to Bangalore
    A Tamilian, Bhaskar has established his credentials in Telugu films with entertainers like Bommarillu. Now, the actor debuts in Tamil with Bangalore Naatkal, a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster, Bangalore Days. A multi-starrer—with an ensemble cast comprising Arya, Simha, Rana, Sridivya, Parvati and Rai Lakshmi—the film (releasing today) centres on cousins bonding. “Being my first Tamil film and my first ‘remake’, it was a bit of a challenge,” he admits, adding that he has made “minimal changes” while retaining the original’s essence.

    True to life
    Vying with bigger names today is the modestly-budgeted, Naalai Muthal Kudikka Maaten. Directed by debutant Senthil, the film has newbies in the cast. It centres on a man who drinks on the sly, while advising people not to drink. “It’s about the repercussions on his family and of how his wife tries to reform him,” says Senthil. He adds that it was a couplet from the Thirukkural that inspired him to make the film. A light-hearted entertainer, one can expect a social message weaved in, too.

    Reality check
    The real-life experience of Chandra Kumar, an auto driver—who penned it all in his book Lock Up—becomes the fulcrum of director Vetrimaaran’s Visaranai. The film is about police interrogation techniques and brutality, truth and justice. Having done the rounds at various international festivals, the cast includes talented actors like Samuthirakani, Kishore, Dinesh and Anandhi. Capsuling it all in a line, Vetrimaaran says, “The film is so true that you don’t want to believe it!”

    Malini Mannath

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