Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s career graph in the recent years has seen many ups and downs. It’s probably like those lines that go zigzag on a cardiac monitor. For every Thuppakki, there’s a Thalaivaa, and for every Kaththi, there’s a Puli. It brings us to his latest release, Bairavaa, and his next in the line, Vijay 61.
Bairavaa is an over-the-top action film that struggles to find a decent spot on the entertainment bench. The sharp punch dialogues in the emotionally drowning affair fail to raise the ends of our hair. A younger and fitter looking Vijay was given a Thali when all he wanted was a plate of Biryani. Click here to view our Bairavaa review.
Hits or flops cannot be determined by statistics. It is also unethical to do so as it brings down the value of the work put in by hundreds of people involved in the making of the film. Having said that, I certainly can’t turn my eyes away from what’s glaring at me. For every average piece of cinema Vijay gets his hands dirty with, he makes sure he comes back with a volley of sixes immediately. Going by that mathematical combination, there’s no doubt about him scoring a century next time.
The leading ladies of the yet-to-be titled Atlee film are the Kushi woman, Jyothika, the Thuppakki woman, Kajal, and the Kaththi woman, Samantha. Vijay has starred with all three of them in blockbusters before. Now, they are all part of the same team. This is a prime casting coup. S. J. Surya’s name in the cast list increases the hype surrounding the film. After watching his performance in Karthik Subbaraj’s Iraivi (Watch the Iraivi review here), I’m waiting with my heart in hand to see him on-screen again. That’ll, of course, happen sooner with Selvaraghavan’s Nenjam Marappathillai, and A. R. Murugadoss’s Telugu film, Sambhavami. As if this isn’t enough to soothe our eyes, the Raja Rani maker, Atlee, has roped in A. R. Rahman to beguile our ears for his big project. Clap! Clap!
Atlee pulled a similar set of strings in his previous film, as well. He brought in J. Mahendran to play a cold-hearted villain in Theri. The director of 70s and 80s hits managed to surprise the audience with his cool-quotient. And withTheri earning words of praise, Meena’s daughter, Nainika, who starred as Vijay’s daughter in the cop drama, became a darling of Tamil cinema.
Things seem to have gone higher on that scale for Vijay 61. What are the three leading ladies going to do? Will all of them be seen together? We haven’t seen Vijay as a Casanova in a long time. Is that where this film is heading? Or, will one of the women be killed? Women have died in Atlee’s films (Nazriya Nazim in Raja Rani and Samantha inTheri) before. That’s not something new for us. We can take it. Alas, these are merely speculations. We’ll have to wait for more bits of genuine information from the captain of the ship.
There is another thought that I cannot hold back while thinking of this project. Will Vijay 61 become Tamil Nadu’s answer to Premam? Again, not to forget how well Atlee handled romance in Raja Rani and fans are also deprived of seeing Vijay’s out and out romantic avatar for a while now. Vijay’s current look i.e., the dense beard and gunslinger type mustache; now imagine him sporting the black shirt with veshti and walking after a hustle with the “Kalipu” BG score! Right now your stretch of imagination might fail to understand this but it would definitely be nice to see our “action” man go to the Kadhaluku Mariyadai mode, right?
With a crazy-ass cast and crew, and expectations shooting through the roof, Atlee has equal things to cheer for and worry about. I hope he chooses the path that’s right for his film and gives us a reason to celebrate a festival in the theatre.
Written by - Karthik Keramalu