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Action man

Filed on July 4, 2013

Tamil superstar Suriya’s Singam II promises unpretentious fun with a focus on top-notch action, Deepa Gauri writes

THE BUZZ IS electric for superstar Suriya’s Singam II, where he makes his return as the daredevil cop Duraisingam. Director Hari, known for his action-flicks, nailed the perfect ‘sequel material’ with the 2010 film, Singam, which was subsequently remade in Hindi starring Ajay Devgan.

But in its second avatar, Hari asserts that the film was “not meant to be a sequel.” He says he simply dug into the original, picked narrative possibilities that wasn’t fully explored, and created the second film, which of course depicts the hero as utterly fearless.

In fact, the appeal of the original was the sheer daredevilry of Duraisingam, as he did improbable stunts, and yet managed to convince audiences. Such is the charisma of Suriya that Hari is leveraging once again in the film, which will have most of the supporting cast of the original, excluding Prakash Raj.

As is almost the norm now in Tamil film, Singam II too has two heroines, Anushka Shetty (pictured with Suriya) and Hansika Motwani, while Vivek and Santhanam serve the comic relief. There is little to say about the film’s storyline - suffice to say it revolves around the valorous escapades of a dynamic police officer, who takes no nonsense and is a die-hard crime fighter.

During the course of the movie, he will have his brush with corrupt government officials and bureaucrats, take on street goons, do the mandatory duets and club dances, attempt a little of family sentiments and in an all-out action climax eliminate the baddies.

That, if you look at it, is the formula of most films by Hari, who must be given due credit for elevating Vikram to superstar status with films like Saamy and Arul. Singam II is his fourth outing with Suriya, following Aaru, Vel and Singam. His earlier outing with Dhanush, Venghai, was no different from the other movies, apart from the endearing boy-next-door act of the actor.

With Suriya, however, there is little room for such experimentation. A versatile actor, Suriya sticks to the rule-book when it comes to mass masala flicks, not departing from audience expectations.

In a recent interview, he said that Duraisingam in Singam II does what he is expected to do but that he has tried to raise the bar, by taking the action to the next level.

This time, the fearless cop also has to fight it out in foreign locales, especially in Africa, which has been captured spectacularly by cinematographer Priyan.

Singam II is now playing at theatres in the UAE.

Weaving a comedy

WHILE CRITICS PANNED it, Dileep’s earlier film, Mayamohini, with director Jose Thomas was a blockbuster hit that cemented the actor’s reputation as a bankable star.

The two join hands again for another fun film, also scripted by Udaykrishna and Siby K. Thomas, tentatively titled Sringaravelan. Film buffs might recall a similarly titled Tamil film, Sinkaravelan, starring Kamal Haasan. However, the Malayalam edition has nothing to do with it, and is a rustic tale set around the lives of weavers.

What audiences, however, can expect is ample doses of Dileep humour, with Vedhika being roped in as heroine. Sringaravelan is scheduled to release during the Onam season.

A NEW AVATAR

KUNCHACKO BOBAN IS readying for a new avatar in Law Point, a film directed by Lijin Jose. This is the first time the actor, who has delivered a string of hits in the past two years, is playing the role of an advocate.

He will be joined by seasoned actors Prathap Pothen, Balachandra Menon and Nedumudi Venu in what is billed to be a courtroom drama with dollops of humour thrown in.

Meanwhile, Kunchacko’s newest release G for Sale, directed by Babu Janardhanan has generated mixed response. Critics haven’t been too complimentary on the movie, which takes on a very sensitive topic. For the actor, it was a refreshing change to play a character with lots of grey shades. But reports say he was outsmarted by a sincere performance by Suraj Venjaramoodu.

Defining ‘Mohanlalism’

AFTER THE SUPERB success of Left Right Left, which has thrived at the box-office, despite some theatres in the northern belt of Kerala refusing to screen it for fear of antagonising the leftists, writer-actor Murali Gopy has commenced scripting for Lucifer.

With Mohanlal in the lead, the film is being directed by Rajesh Pillai. Launching the first look of the film, Murali wrote that the film will be a true celebration of “Mohanlalism.”

“It is going to be a complete tribute to the actor, in my own way,” says Murali. “Mohanlalism is as much a celebration of Mohanlal as a superstar as an actor.”

Without divulging details on the character to be played by Mohanlal, Murali says the film aims to fully explore the potential of the actor, as well as strive to define the Lal phenomena.


 
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