Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Double Dose of Vikram

Not much has been heard about Vikram recently. The talented, born-again actor seemed well on his way to becoming king of the box-office with both critical(Kaasi, Pithaamagan) and commercial(Gemini, Dhool, Saamy) successes. The National award he earned for Pithaamagan didn't hurt either. But his last release Arul, which came with high expectations since it reteamed him with Saamy director Hari, was a dud at the box-office. Worse, Vikram looked disinterested and jaded in the cliched role. He has since been concentrating solely on Shankar's Anniyan, which true to Shankar's track record, has taken a long amount of time to complete and has had its release date pushed back a few times already. But with the Chandramukhi-Mumbai Xpress-Sachein euphoria expected to die down now that the movies have been released, it is reasonable to expect the Anniyan hype to start building.

Vikram's next movie was widely rumored to be a remake of Mammootty-starrer Kaazcha. The film, which revolved around a young boy orphaned by the Gujarat earthquake and taken in by Mammootty, was both a critical and commercial success and earned acting accolades for both Mammootty and the boy. So it seemed like the perfect vehicle for Vikram, who has never shied away from experimenting with a variety of roles. His next project is still a remake of a Mammootty-starrer but the movie is not Kaazcha but Thommanum Makkalum. The film is supposed to be a racy entertainer with all commercial ingredients like comedy, music, dance and stunts and is a box-office success in Kerala. I am a little saddened that Vikram passed on Kaazcha but happy that he finally decided on selecting his next movie after Anniyan!

Vikram was also introduced as the new brand ambassador for Coke yesterday. The new ad with him as a Chennai rowdy sounds interesting and we have to wait and see if the ad series creates the same sensation the Aamir Khan ads(like the recent one with him dressed up as a woman) created in the North.


At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anniyan - Intha padam deepavalikavathu release aaguma?:-|

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

thats being even more pessimistic than me! though shankar says May, I was thinking Aug 15 max :)

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope it atleast lives upto the hype, and doesn't turn out into another expensive junk like Boys.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

Anniyan audio has still not been released. Normally Shankar would release his audio atleast a month in advance so that there is some hype. Anniyan audio was scheduled for release on April 14....but has got postponed...dunno when.

I have my own doubts about the success of the Coke Ad. The photo says "Cool drink na Coca Cola".....which is a rehash of Thanda Matlab Coca Cola. This baseline doesn't sound convincing. They will also use "Coke Podu" on the lines of O Podu.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Ram C said...

According to the Insurance agreement the producers hv signed, it seems the film has to be released in May-05. Hope it gets released by then.

There is another news also in Indiaglitz, that he is going in a hindi movie with none other than Big-B.

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaps, i havent seen any of aamir's hindi coke ads. But i wasnt too impressed with the 'coke podu'line for the Tamil ad. It makes no sense!

ramc, i too remember reading that 'anniyan' was the first tamil movie to be insured and that they had a say in the release date. but as kaps said, without the audio being released, even a may release date seems in doubt now.


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