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Steps of life

Actor Arya turns producer with Padithurai. He has roped in director Suka (story, screenplay and dialogues too) for the venture. Model Abhiram dons the hero's role, and Chandini ( Sidhu +2) plays his love interest. Says Suka: “I've drawn a parallel between life and the flowing waters of the Tamirabharani, and portrayed the significance of the padithurai (the steps that lead from the banks to the river). The film's highlight is Ilaiyaraaja's music. He's brought together Bombay Jayashri and Sudha Raghunathan for the song ‘Therodum Veedhiyile'.”

All's in a name

Actor M D Muthu ( Puthiya Payanam) has a new name and a new task at hand — he's now Ashish Mehra (numerology!), and will direct and act in Thirumangalam Perundhu Nilayam. Ashish has zeroed in on Gujarati girl Vanishka for the film. The story revolves around six unemployed friends who frequent the Thirumangalam bus stand. Says Ashish: “It is a family story, centered around love and action. Due to circumstances, the friends find themselves caught between the police and thugs. Find out if love brings about a change in them or if they pay the price for their actions.”

Double impact

After, looks like Mumaith Khan's keen on experimenting with different roles. In director Yar Kannan's Pournami Naagam, Mumaith has a dual role! Interestingly, one of the characters is action-oriented — a la Vijaya Shanti. The film is about the eerie happenings that take place when unusually two full moons fall in a month. Says Kannan: “Shattering her image as an ‘item girl', Mumaith has handled both the roles — those of a traditional girl and a new-age girl — well.”

Questions, questions…

Seems like this is the season for people to embrace film production. Director Kasturi Raja turns producer with Asura Kulam, and introduces a slew of new faces, including director Kartik Balaji. The film is said to discuss threadbare social issues. Says Kasturi Raja: “On one hand you have the Government and public institutions aiding education, and on the other, you have youngsters pressurised by peers or influenced by bad elements. I'm trying to give answers to questions such as ‘Who creates criminals?' ‘Who turns today's youth into criminals?' ‘Are parents responsible?' ‘Or society?' Does love play a part in reforming wayward youth? Director Kartik Balaji has done a commendable job in moulding the all-new star cast to help me turn these questions into reality.” nikhil raghavan

All about love?

Director G. Boopathipandian's Kaadhal Solla Vandhen has newcomer Balaji with Megna Sundar in the lead. Music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Says the director: “The story is one of intense love, but there's comedy thrown in for good measure.” However, it is said to have a heart-rending ending.


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