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Evergreen hero

Christmas will see the `stars' again with a kitty of films. But the films will be fewer in number this time as the industry shifts away from the earlier belief that festival times are the best time to release a film.

So, during this Christmas season, cine goers will see only a few stars on screen. And surprisingly, there will be no films featuring the leading actors, Mamootty and Mohanlal.

Trade pundits attribute this to the changing equations in an industry in which stars are accepted and rejected by the audience at a faster rate these days.

Despite a slowdown packed with a series of flops during the last season, city theatres are hopeful of drawing a good crowd this season.

There hopes are backed by the success of two recent releases including `Meesha Madhavan' and `Kunjikoonan'.

So the new star, the `most sought-after' one in the industry, Dileep, hits the theatres with `Kalyanaraman'. Here he teams up with Kunchako Boban and Navya Nair.

Lal creations, which pulled off a big success with `Thenkasipattanam', has tried to use the histrionics of Dileep to the maximum in this film, which was shot extensively in Kochi.

Dileep sticks to the comedy track in this film directed by Shafi. Bernie-Ignatius scores music for lyrics by Kaithapram. Benny. P. Nayarambalam pens the script for this one after the success of `Kunjikoonan', which was based on his play `Vikalangavarsham'.



Comeback bid

Dileep has company in Lal, Lalu Alex, Unnikrishnan Namboothiri, Jose Pelliserrry, T.P. Madhavan and a host of other actors. Dileep and Kunchako Boban team up after `Dosth' directed by Tulasidas.

Jayaram who took a short sabbatical, prepares for yet another phase in his career. He makes a comeback through Sathyan Anthikad's `Yatrakarude Sradhyaku'.

Written by Sreenivasan, the film brings to light the story of people living away from their native place.

Soundarya, who shot to national fame as producer of the award-winning film `Dweepa' directed by Girish Kasravalli, pairs up with Jayaram in the film. Sreenivasan also plays a major role in it.

Kamal's `Nammal' to be released at Kavitha, will narrate a campus story. Jishnu, Siddharth and Renuka Menon play lead roles in the film scripted by Kalavoor Ravikumar.

Kamal's penchant for campus-based stories is expected to take different shades in the film, which has lyrics by Kaithapram. `Niram' with Kunchako Boban and Shalini was an example of Kamal's liking for such stories.

Mohan Sithara scores music for the film to be released by Swargachitra in centres across the State. `Nammal' is produced by David Kachipilli under the banner of `Chinku Achu' cinema.

Vinayan makes his presence during the festival time through `Kattuchembakam' with Jayasoorya and Anoop playing lead roles. The film, which was shot in Athirapilli and Vazhachal areas has songs penned by Vinayan. Music is by Mohan Sithara.

Industry observers say that Kamal's `Gramaphone' may be delayed as the actor has `Kalyanaraman' getting ready for release. Mamootty and Mohanlal have got company in Suresh Gopi for the festival. Suresh Gopi waits for a new lease in films. He has not had a single release during the last several months.

By Krishnakumar G.

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