The sequel to the 2016 political thriller Uriyadi is gearing up for a summer release. The film is written and directed by Vijay Kumar, who stars in the lead as Lenin Vijay. Cinematography is by Praveen Kumar, and production by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment. While the 2016 film had music by the Kerala-based band Masala Coffee, Uriyadi 2 has 96-fame Govind Vasantha as the composer.
The film’s teaser, which released on Saturday, begins with Lenin Vijay in a candle-lit room mourning the death of many people whose pictures are on a banner. A remake of the ‘Agnikunjondru’ song from the original film plays in the background, while the scenes show police violence, protesters being attacked, politician campaigns, and marches against death. This leads up to Lenin Vijay telling people that engaging in politics is the only way to respond, “Whenever social equality is lost, chaos reigns and humanity becomes questionable. Let us involve in politics and fight for our rights.”
The trailer reveals enough details to promise an engaging film which looks at the violence around us, and the events that lead up to people becoming politically involved. There are also scenes of Lenin Vijay in a room with the poster of Che Guevara in the background, and several young people in black clothes. Vismaya, Sudhakar, Shankar Thas and Abbas are the supporting actors.
Vijay Kumar, an engineering student who quit his IT job to enter cinema, made his first film Uriyadi in 2016. Set in 1990s Trichy, the film was about four college students who get embroiled in a political controversy because of a powerful man who wants to start a caste-based party. The film starred debut actors, along with Mime Gopi and Citizen Sivakumar.
Uriyadi received several awards, including best production at the Norway Film Festival. The movie was lauded for its humourous moments, engaging screenplay, and the portrayal of caste based violence in south Tamil Nadu districts. Vijay Kumar reportedly said that the sequel will not take off from where the original film concluded, but will look at how politicians use caste for their own gains.
Work on Uriyadi 2 began in September 2018, and the film has been shot in and around Tenkasi. The first single from the album, titled ‘Vaa Vaa Penne’ released earlier this month to positive response from people. The song marks Govind Vasantha’s first collaboration with singer Sid Sriram.
Watch the teaser of the film here: