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Youngsters leave a mark



`Nandanam'- launchpad for new faces.

THERE IS good news for film lovers. Going by the latest reports, films released for Christmas, with newcomers playing lead roles, are making a mark at the box-office. Enthused by this, the industry is now gearing up with a line of new releases with new faces.

Three films were released with newcomers in the lead roles in December. Renjith's `Nandanam', Kamal's `Nammal' and Vinayan's `Kattuchembkam' became the launchpad for as many as six youngsters. In Nandanam, Prithviraj, son of late actor Sukumaran, made his debut.

Produced jointly by Renjith and actor Siddique, Nandanam was released before the festival season, after overcoming a series of release problems.

Though Nandanam was Prithviraj's maiden film, the delay saw the release of his two other films including Rajasenan's `Nakshatrakannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari' and A.K.Sajan's `Stop Violence'. Nakshatrakanulla failed to enthuse audience while `Stop Violence' clicked at the box-office.

`Newcomers have attracted the attention of the audiences by their performance in the recently released films. We have the advantage of bringing out the best of their talents by narrating a good story', says director Vinayan.

His latest `Kattuchembakam' has Jayasoorya and Anoop playing lead roles. Anoop makes his mark after acting in some television soaps.

The film, which was extensively shot in Athirapally and Vazhachal, has not fared well at the box-office compared to Vinayan's earlier film `Oomapenninu Uriyadapayyan'.



`Nammal'- breath of fresh air.

Kamal makes yet another bold move by launching an all-new cast playing lead roles in Chinku Achu Cinema's `Nammal'. Jishnu and Siddharth who play lead roles have won over the audiences' hearts with their performance in this campus-based story.

Kamal says that Nammal is his answer to the popular demand for a complete campus film. And he is confident that the audience will accept the arrival of newcomers in the industry.

The director returns to the campus after the success of `Niram' with Kunchako Boban and Shalini. Renuka Menon is another new face in Nammal. Kamal has also given opportunities to a host of new faces in the film penned by Kalavoor Ravikumar of `Ishtam' fame.

Nandanam completes three weeks of release at Mymoon cinema hall in the city while Nammal has entered the second week at Kavitha theatre. Swargachithra had released Nammal while Nandanam was released jointly by Koker's and Kalasangam. Distributors are now ready to support films with newcomers.

Despite all changing trends, the Malayalam film industry firmly believes that a good, different story is still the deciding factor for the success of a film. The treatment of the story is evaluated by the audience, which had never rejected films with a difference, say industry sources.

By Krishnakumar G

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