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Rain has once more wreaked havoc on Chennai and its surrounding areas. It seems like we spend one part of the year thirsty and the other part drowning! Our heart goes out to those who have suffered at the hands of Nature’s wrath. And we salute everyone who ventured out in knee-deep water to lend a helping hand. We are pulled between wishing the rains away so we can get back to our lives; and wanting more because otherwise, the next summer promises to be another staggering drought year! Ah, if only we were better citizens with better governance, then pelting rains would be just a wet day, not a disaster. Moving on to movie matters... Diwali went by in a gust of smoke. And when the smog cleared, we did not just hear the resounding applause for Mersal from die-hard Vijay fans. The appreciation and fanfare was interspersed with smothering politics and threats to freedom of expression. Read on and find out the whole story in a special report by Galatta Cinema. Also in this issue is a special tribute to director Vettrimaaran who celebrates his 10th year in cinema. Congrats and best wishes to him. But our biggest and best kept secret is now out: Vimala Raman! We had a fabulous day in the sun with her. She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’ll catch you off guard with her sense of humour. In the pictures and the interview we have tried to capture all of this. Shankar’s extravagance was the talk of the town again. The 2.0 audio launch in Dubai was a grand affair and we bring you EXCLUSIVE pictures of the event. Then there’s the straight-from-the-heart chat with actor Sarathkumar that is fun as it is insightful. We also managed to squeeze in a quicky with Namitha for our Twenty Questions and as always she was brutally honest! Sit back and enjoy... and we’ll come back with more in December. Au revoir! KAANCHAN PRASHANTH, Deputy Editor
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