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    He has played the antagonist in 555 and Onaayum Aattukuttiyum. Now, Raj Bharath gets to play the lead in Natpadhikaaram 79  (today’s release). Reshmi Menon and Tejaswini are his co-stars. “It’s a contemporary take on friendship, love and family values,” says Bharath. While his earlier roles were dramatic and eccentric, this one needed him to be subtle, he adds. Incidentally, Natpadhikaaram 79 marks the return of director Ravichandran ( Bharath’s uncle) after a long hiatus.

    Korean diaries
    After their delightfully quirky comedy, Soodhu Kavvum, director Nalan Kumarasamy and actor Vijay Sethupathi return with their second joint outing, Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum. Apart from Madonna Sebastian, (of Malayalam film, Premam), the film (releasing today) has Samudhirakani in a crucial role. An official adaptation of a Korean film, it’s a rom-com centered around a comic rowdy. While one appreciates the director’s honesty in revealing his source, we wonder why the talented maker didn’t go for an original script.

    Ready for anything
    On the growing list of actors graduating from the small screen to films, Lingesh was seen in a negative role in the recent release, Sowcarpettai. Essaying one of the three sons of the villain, his character gets to travel throughout the film. “It was the TV serial, Bhaktha Vijayam, which ran for about 140 episodes, that helped me get the film,” he shares. A mechanical engineer, Lingesh has been trained in Shaolin kung fu, and western and classical dance. “I’m waiting for some challenging roles to come my way,” he concludes.

    - Malini Mannath

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