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Santosh on a roll


Ace cameraman-turned-director Santosh Sivan is on a roll as "Ananthabhadram", his directorial debut in Malayalam, is a hit and his new Tamil film, "Navarasa", is releasing this week. "Navarasa" had won the National Award for the Best Feature Film in Tamil for its convincing depiction of the world of the third gender in fine cinematic style. The film takes us on a journey into the mysterious world of the transvestites through the eyes of 13-year-old Swetha who discovers that her uncle Gautam is leading a secret life.

He transforms himself into a woman every night. And when Swetha confronts him, he wants to run away from home and get married to Aravan at the annual Koovagam festival near Cuddalore.

Says Sivan: "I was fascinated by the Koovagam festival and thought it was interesting to make a film that reflects our times."

SREEDHAR PILLAI

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