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Kaattu: Meet Left Right Left director’s new unibrow heroine Manasa Radhakrishnan

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Manasa Radhakrishnan is a popular face among social media users with over 2 million followers on her verified Facebook page.

Left Right Left director Arun Kumar Aravind, who earlier worked as an editor for filmmaker Priyadarshan’s movies, is all set to come with his fifth Malayalam movie, Kaattu.

After revealing Murali Gopy’s character Chellappan, the makers have now introduced the film’s uni-brow heroine. The latest poster unveiled by the team features Manasa Radhakrishnan, who will be seen as Ummukkulusu in Kaattu.

In a video, Manasa has opened up on her character Ummukkulsu, a chirpy and energetic Muslim girl who lived in the late 1970’s. “When I heard of the role, I thought it would be difficult to be the character as her attitude and mannerisms are different to what I am in real life. But it became easier after director Arun explained about her to me during the shooting,” Manasa said.

Director Arun has recently said that he was introduced to Manasa by Murali on the sets of Tiyaan. “I wanted to cast a bubbly and beautiful girl for the role and we were looking for a fresh face. I met her on the sets of Tiyaan. Manasa is not really a new face as she was seen in small roles in few other movies. But Ummukkulsu can be considered as her debut since she appears in a full-fledged role,” he is heard saying in a video posted on the Facebook page of Kaattu.

Late filmmaker Padmarajan’s son Anandapadmanabhan has penned the script of Kaattu which also stars Asif Ali in a main role.

Who is Manasa?

Manasa made her acting debut as a child artiste with the 2008 movie Kannuneerinum Madhuram. Later, she appeared in over five movies, but couldn’t make a mark for herself due to small roles in low budget projects. She also appears in a significant role in the movie starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Indrajith Sukumaran in main roles. The Jiyen Krishnakumar directorial has been scheduled to hit the theatres on July 7.

Interestingly, Manasa is a popular face among social media users with over 2 million followers on her verified Facebook page.

Manasa Radhakrishnan as Ummukkulsu in #Kaattu

Posted by Asif Ali on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Watch: Manasa talks about her character in Kaattu:

Manasa speaks about Ummukkulsu

Manasa Radhakrishnan speaks about her role – Ummukkulsu from Arun Kumar Aravind's #Kaattu #ActorReveal02

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Prachi Tehlan to star opposite Mammootty

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Mumbai:- Actress Prachi Tehlan, who made her acting debut with TV show “Diya Aur Baati Hum”, is gearing up to star opposite Malayalam superstar Mammootty in Sajeev Pillai directorial “Mamankam”.

“Yes, I am doing a film with Mammootty sir. It’s the biggest Malayalam film ever being made. The shoot has started. I can’t reveal much about the film but it’s a wonderful experience to be a part of such a big project and my first in south,” Tehlan said in a statement to IANS.

Prachi made her film debut with Punjabi film “Arjan” opposite Roshan Prince directed by Manduip Singh. She was also seen in the lead role in “Bailaras” opposite Binnu Dhillon.

Set in the 17th century, “Mamankam” is based on the medieval fair by the same name, which was celebrated every 12 years from 800 AD to 1755 AD.

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Malayalam actor Kalashala Babu dead at 68

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Kochi, May 14  Veteran stage, TV and Malayalam film artiste Kalashala Babu passed away here in Kerala early on Monday at a private hospital, family sources said. He was 68.

Apart from donning the grease paint in close to 150 films, mostly in small character roles, the multifaceted Babu was also a hugely popular stage artiste, who began his own drama group in the mid 1970s.

Kalashala Babu

Babu was not keeping well since the beginning of the year. He breathed his last just past midnight.

Born to Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Mohiniyattam exponent Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma, Babu was a naturally gifted artiste.

He started his acting career soon after his graduation in the early 1970s and since then had ensured that he was a presence in the cultural milieu of the state be it through, stage, TV and films .

What surprised many was that despite his parents prominence in classical arts, Babu did not take it up.

He is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter who are both abroad.

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Dulquer Salmaan will be ‘very uncomfortable’ doing safe part

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Mumbai, May 13 (IANS) Actor Dulquer Salmaan, the son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty, says he likes roles that offer him a challenge of some kind and that he is very uncomfortable doing a safe part.

Dulquer’s performance as the Tamil matinee idol Gemini Ganesan in “Mahanati” has caught a lot of attention.

“We all knew we were doing something important, something very special. To tell the story of this Tamil-Telugu cinema’s legendary actress Savitri was something I believed in. This was a role away from my home territory in Kerala, hence an added challenge,” said the Malayalam actor.

“I’ve to agree that the demarcation lines are blurring. I won’t say there was a divide. But clearly Malayalam cinema has a narrower market than cinema in some other Indian languages. I was happy to expand into the Tamil market. And now into Telugu with ‘Mahanati’ and into Hindi as well.”

Has he spoken his own lines in Telugu?

“Yes, I have. And it was far more difficult getting the Telugu dialogues than Tamil. I’ve been dubbing my own lines in Tamil for some time now. In Telugu, I had to practise the words, understand and absorb what I am saying and then speak them in the dubbing. I would think I got them right. But I’d be told something was not right.

“I would wonder what was wrong. Still I’d do it again and again until it came out sounding right for the experts in the language.”

Quite a task?

“Yes, but then that is the main criteria I have for accepting a role. It has to offer me a challenge of some kind. Otherwise, there is no point in doing a role. I would be very uncomfortable doing a safe part. It would make me think something is wrong,” he said.

He has chosen a career path very different from his father. Was that deliberate?

“It had to be different from his. I couldn’t possibly do what he had already done. He has a larger-than-life image. It made no sense to walk in his footsteps. There is nothing like a ‘born actor’. It’s all about honing the skills.

“Duplication never works for anybody. Why would it have worked for me? I chose my own path because that was the only way to go. At the same time, I’ve to admit there was an advantage in being my fathers’s son.

“The debut film came much easier to me than it would have if I was an outsider.”

Would he like to do a film with his father?

“The thought has crossed the minds of many filmmakers. We’ve had quite a few offers to work together. But no. I don’t think that’s a good idea. The comparisons would be unacceptable to me. So unless it is something that offers a truly special challenge for us to come together, it is unlikely that we will work together,” he said.

Do his father and he discuss each other’s roles at the dinner table?

“I do talk to him about my work with him if I feel like. But nothing beyond the usual. We’d rather discuss other things when we are together,” said Dulquer.

How does his wife cope with all his female fan following?

“There is nothing there that is threatening or embarrassing. It’s all very sweet and harmless. No one has suddenly landed up at my home threatening to break my door down,” he said.

On spending time with his daughter, he said: “She turned 1 on May 5. We don’t believe in having a large birthday party. In any case, she is too small right now to respond to a party. So we had a small family dinner and we took pictures in case some day she wants proof of her first day celebration.”

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