cast Vijay, Tamannaah and Vadivelu
director SP Rajkumar
Rarely, the heroine. Tamil cinema has always had this obsession that began in the days of Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan, who also started the trend of adorning themselves with fancy titles. Sivaji was called ‘Nadigar Thilagam', and Gemini ‘Kadhal Mannan. These practices have remained.
Vijay's title, for instance, is Ilayathalapathy (young group leader), and with his 50th movie Sura (Shark), set to become a huge hit, he's beginning to show signs of shifting into politics. Recently, he issued a statement saying he was preparing to enter politics.
Like many of his predecessors who used cinema as a platform to fulfil their political aspirations, Vijay is known to use punch lines from his movies for public effect. With elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly due next year, SP Rajkumar's Sura could not have come in more handy.
Like the late MG Ramachandran, who played the celluloid hero of the downtrodden before becoming Tamil Nadu's chief minister, Vijay will play a humble fisherman in Sura. Tamannaah will play Vijay's screen lover.
It's rumoured to be a remake of Mohan Lal's Malayalam blockbuster Chota Mumbai (2007). But at the moment, nothing more is being revealed, except that it is a cocktail of adventure and romance.
However, there is a telling dialogue in Sura: "I am not a dove that prefers peace. I am a shark". Does that not sound like the harbinger of things to come?