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WITHOUT MUCH fanfare, the Malayalam film industry is slowly returning to the world of arc lights amidst no signs of an end to the ongoing crisis involving trade bodies and artistes.

Kochi is playing host to this return journey with the shooting of two films getting underway at various locations in the city.

The director, Kamal, is coming with "Manjupoloru Penkutti" and the scenarist, Mathew, makes his mark as a director with "Pass Pass". Shooting of both the films had started with full support from the trade bodies, including the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce.

Kamal's film had already hit the headlines after the actor, Lalu Alex, who is playing a key role in the film came out against the stand adopted by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) in the ongoing tussle.

Mr. Alex had said that he was willing to sign the contract for starting the work on Kamal's film.

The actor, Suresh Krishna, who is part of the cast in "Manjupoloru", had also come out against the stand taken by AMMA.

In his characteristic style of experimenting with new themes and faces, Mr. Kamal chose a different storyline involving child artistes in his latest film after "Swapnakoodu". Newcomers Jayakrishnan and Amrita play lead roles in the film.

Kalavoor Ravikumar, who penned Kamal's hit movie, "Nammal", is back through the movie. Both Kamal and Ravikumar had planned a movie with the late actress Soundarya in a key role.

Titled "Munthirithopukalude Athithi", the film could not take off, as the actress got busy with electioneering work in Karnataka.

Kamal, later, decided to hold the project for sometime and started working with Mr. Ravikumr on "Manjupoloru".

The music director, Alphons, who shot into fame with Bhadran's "Vellithira" teams up with Kaithapram in the film.

P. Sukumar is the cameraman. Others in the cast include Bhanupriya, Vijish Vijayan and Meera Krishna.

Work on "Pass Pass" is on at various locations in the city. The film is packed with new faces.

Santosh Pali, television anchor, is playing a role in the movie.

The script is by Rajeev Sekhar. Utpal V. Nayanar cranks the camera. A campus-based film, the first phase of "Pass Pass" is being shot at Ernakulam Maharaja's College.

Kochi is also playing host to the final stages of work of M.A. Venu's latest movie, "Kakakarumban".

Siddharthan of "Nammal" fame plays the lead role in the film.

The number of films with new faces in key roles is expected to increase in the coming days in Malayalam film industry.

The Kerala Film Chamber had announced full support for projects involving newcomers.

By Krishnakumar G.

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