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NOVEMBER 2012

VOL 04 | ISSUE 02

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Ilayathalapathy Vijay opens up to Southscope in a candid interview > “I take rumours in my stride, as long as they don’t say I am gay!”

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> “Vijay was thrilled and a tad nervous about singing again”

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> “I can’t believe my stars!” PRIYA ANAND

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November is no ordinary month. It marks what is arguably India’s favourite festival – Diwali. With the heavy smoke of crackers and sparklers permeating the air, the excitement of wearing new clothes and watching star-studded programmes on the telly is simply irresistible. For movie buffs, very few things come close to the joy of heading to                       

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Southscope Magazine November 2012 Issue