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Ranjini Haridas to make movie debut

Idea Star Singer host plays a bold police officer in Entry

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Ranjini Haridas' TV image gets a makeover in Entry.

Think of Asianet’s Idea Star Singer reality show and the vivacious and quick-talking compere, Ranjini Haridas, comes to mind.

The anchor is now ready with her debut film, ‘Entry.’

An investigative thriller in Malayalam, ‘Entry’ is directed by Rajesh Amanakara. Haridas’ television image gets a makeover as she plays a police officer in the movie.

“Stylish, sassy and sporting dark shades, Haridas as IPS Sreya will impress viewers with her bold character,” director Amanakara said.

She is paired with Baburaj, who also plays an IPS officer.

The story revolves around four college friends who get involved in a motorbike robbery and the subsequent investigation by the police.

Youth-oriented theme

“It is a youth-oriented subject and dwells on the anger among the young generation today,” said Amanakara, who quit a career in Saudi Arabia to pursue his passion for films.

While actor Ashok plays a significant role, other members of the cast include Bhagath Manuel and Sija Rose. Several newcomers have also been cast.

Talking about Baburaj, Amanakara said, “From a villain to a comedian, Baburaj has shown his versatility. In this film, he shows another aspect to his ability as an actor. Ranjini plays a bold officer and has put in a brilliant performance.”

“This is not your regular action film,” he continued. “I have ensured that the thriller mode is intact throughout the narrative.”

Amanakara, who did a two-year course in direction, started off his career with the Malayalam film, ‘Punarjini.’ It fetched Pranav Mohanlal (Mohanlal’s son) the Kerala State Best Child Artiste award. His next venture ‘Ammathottil,’ starring Biju Menon and Mohini, brought home the TV Critics Award 2006 for Best Lyrics to Shibu Mathew and the Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress to Mohini. His next work was in Major Ravi’s anthology of films titled ‘Oru Yathrayil’ which featured his film ‘Honeymoon.’

‘Entry’ is Amanakara’s fourth film. “My earlier films had a simple narrative. In this film, I have explored a thriller and hope to draw the audience with a subtle message,” the 39-year-old filmmaker added.

Produced by Athulya Ashok, ‘Entry’ has music scored by Mejo Joseph. Cinematography is by Rama Thulasi.