For Deepavali, in Tamil Nadu particularly, the biggest release would have to be Atlee’s Mersal, starring Vijay. The film released on Wednesday amid much fanfare. At the same time, Secret Superstar and Golmaal Again are Bollywood’s contribution to Diwali this year.
A look at this week’s releases:
Mersal is an action entertainer, directed by Atlee and has a star cast of Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Vadivelu, and S J Suryah. With music by AR Rahman, it has the distinction of being Thenandal Film’s 100th project.
Speaking to Silverscreen about his role, Vadivelu said: “I have a substantial role in Mersal and not just a comedy track. It’s more of a supporting role. Like Kaavalan and Pokkiri, my scenes with Vijay have come out really well. I’m looking forward to the reaction of the audience.”
The film also had a grand audio launch last month, star-studded and with Rahman performing songs from the film.
Meyaadha Maan (Tamil)
Meyaadha Maan is set in North Madras and will show its ‘good side’. Directed by Rathna Kumar, the film stars Vaibhav and TV star Priya Bhavani Sankar. Based on Bench Talkies’ popular Madhu short film, Meyaadha Maan has music by Santhosh Narayanan and Pradeep Kumar.
In the film, Idhayam Murali is a performer who sings kuthu songs; a heartbroken boy who tells his love story to a dog. Murali has noticed everything about the girl that he is in love with, but has failed to tell her how he feels.
The film is produced by Karthik Subbaraj under his banner Stone Bench.
Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 (Tamil)
A crime-thriller written by Rajesh Kumar and directed by JPR, the film stars R Sarathkumar, Suhasini, and Napoleon. The film is a sequel to the 2013 film, Chennaiyil Oru Naal.
The film is adapted from a novel written by crime writer Rajesh Kumar, and focuses on events that happen over the course of one day. Two guys who struggle with the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’, explore the psychological secrets that most people tend to bury deep within their conscience.
Music is by Jakes Bejoy and the film is produced by PK Ram Mohan.
Secret Superstar (Hindi)
At the screening of Dangal, we caught a glimpse of the ‘secret superstar’: the teaser of the movie was screened during the interval without revealing the face. But having just watched her on screen, doe-eyed yet feisty, it wasn’t difficult to place Zaira Wasim even with a burqa on.
Playing Insu, a young girl who is forbidden from playing the guitar owing to a strict father, she resorts to becoming a YouTube sensation playing and singing under the veil of a burqa.
The film also stars Aamir Khan, who plays Shakti Kumarr as a very flamboyant music director. The film is directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, with music by Amit Trivedi and distributed by Zee Studios.1
Golmaal Again (Hindi)
Golmaal Again is the fourth installment from Rohit Shetty’s popular Golmaal franchise. The first installment Golmaal: Fun Unlimited released in 2006.
The previous three installments featured Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rimi Sen and Sharman Joshi among many others.
Golmaal Again stars Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Ajay Devgn, Shreyas Talpade and Neil Nitin Mukesh. This film will take on the horror-comedy genre, with most of the characters reprising their roles from the original film.
Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), Laxman Prasad (Shreyas Talpade) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu) move back to a new, palatial household in their old neighbourhood. The house, however, is haunted by a ghost, and they hire a medium (Tabu) to get rid of it.
Music is by Amar Mohile, Amaal Mallik, S Thaman, and DJ Chetas, and is produced by Rohit Shetty and Sangita Ahir.