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Action time for Venkatesh

After playing a trigger-happy cop in Gharshana, Venkatesh plays an action hero in Lakshmi.

regional movies Updated: Jan 11, 2006 18:39 IST

After playing a trigger-happy cop in Gharshana, a loving brother in Sankranthi and a patriot in Subhas Chandra Bose, Venkatesh plays an action hero in Lakshmi slated for release on Jan 13.

Son of well known producer D Rama Naidu, Venkatesh teams up with director VV Vinayak, known for making blockbusters like Aadi and Tagore, for what the actor calls an "engrossing entertainer".

"It is a touching family drama cleverly balanced with action," Venkatesh said at a recent function here to release the film's audio. He added: "Vinayak is a talented guy and it was nice working with him."

Pretty Nayantara and Charmi play the female leads. The latter described hers as "a cute role".

Composer Ramana Gogula, who dished out musical hits like Premante Idera, teams up with the actor after a considerable gap. He thanked Vinayak for giving him freedom to come up with a "soulful album".

BSuresh predicted big success for his protégé and producer Bujji.

"Vinayak's films have a mass orientation and this one will take Venkatesh closer to masses", said Suresh, who was involved in Balakrishna's shoot-out episode some time ago.

With Subhas Chandra Bose directed by veteran Raghavendra Rao sinking without a trace, Lakshmi testifies to Venkatesh's recognition that he must work with younger directors, say sources close to the actor.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 17:45 IST