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The right notes

After receiving critical acclaim for her role in Chikku Bukku, Preetika wants to venture into playback singing. “I'm inclined towards music and singing,” says Preetika, a trained singer. “While in school, I took lessons in Hindustani music. Later, I trained in ghazals under Nasser Qaudri, but got busy with modelling and had no time to continue rehearsals. Now that I've entered the film industry, I would like to explore a few more avenues and sing a few songs for myself, given the opportunity. I've started taking my singing lessons more seriously,” she says.  “Lata Mangeshkar is my idol and singing her Meera bhajans gives me great peace,” she adds.

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Challenging roles


Actor Aari couldn't have asked for more — he was introduced in S Pictures' Rettaichuzhi, directed by Thamira, and got to act alongside veterans K. Balachander and Bharatirajaa. A strong background in theatre (Magic Lantern, Theatre Nisha and Inland Theatres) helped hone his acting skills. “I'm now doing a challenging role in director Guhan's (a former assistant of Ram Gopal Varma) Dharani — the character spans two different periods. In one, I sport a clean-shaven lean look, in the other, I'm turned out like a ruffian,” says Aari who shares screen space with two other talented actors, Kumaravel and Karna, in the movie.

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All about destiny


Director Veera believes a man meets his destined woman according to the will of God. And, his film Shankar (he's the producer too) is all about such divine interventions, and the blossoming of love between new hero Khandesh and Hashika. “It is set in Rajapalayam, which is neither a village nor a city. People are not very caste-conscious, but are not liberal either. The couple falls in love, and the film is about how they overcome hurdles,” says Veera.

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On a high


Director Saran launched Anoop in Vattaram, in a character role. Thereafter, Anoop produced a film, Kattikappal, in which he played the lead. Now, he plays the second hero (opposite Namrita) in the Telugu Keka, directed by Teja. The Tamil version, Manase Manase, shot simultaneously, is due for release soon.

A good dancer, Anoop honed his skills at The Swingers, where he also taught dancing. Following his recent role as Arya's friend in Chikku Bukku, he is in talks with prospective producers for more roles.

NIKHIL RAGHAVAN

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