With In­dian 2, wannabe neta to be ab­hineta again

Sunday Express - - NEWS -

THE neta-in-a-hurry is go­ing to be an ab­hineta again. Af­ter in­di­cat­ing a year-end dead­line to launch his po­lit­i­cal party, ac­tor Ka­mal Haasan is ready to wear grease paint for a se­quel to his 1996 block­buster In­dian. Ru­mours about the new movie, In­dian 2, with di­rec­tor Shankar, known for his big-bud­get films, were do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia for the last few days. On Satur­day, a tweet from the of­fi­cial han­dle of Shree Venkateswara Cre­ations, a pro­duc­tion house run by Hy­der­abad-based Dil Raju, con- firmed the news. And Ka­mal made a for­mal an­nounce­ment of the new film dur­ing the fi­nale of the Bigg Boss re­al­ity show on a TV channel. The movie is only ex­pected to go on the floors next April. Ka­mal is ex­pected to use In­dian 2 to re­fur­bish his im­age as an anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sader. In the 1996 film, Ka­mal played the role of a free­dom fighter who is will­ing to give up any­thing to avoid pay­ing bribes, which even leads to the death of his on-screen daugh­ter in a gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal. The pro­tag­o­nist, played by Ka­mal, then goes on a killing spree of cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers and does not stop even though one of them is his own son. In­ci­den­tally, Shankar is cur­rently di­rect­ing En­thi­ran 2.0 star­ring ac­tor Ra­jinikanth, an­other su­per­star who is spec­u­lated to make the po­lit­i­cal plunge. It is not clear how politi­cian Ka­mal would find the time to shoot a movie. Ka­mal though is not the first Tamil ac­tor to take re- course to a movie to build a pop­u­lar anti-cor­rup­tion im­age. In 2002, Vi­jayakant’s box-of­fice hit Ra­mana, in which also the pro­tag­o­nist goes on a killing spree of cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers, is be­lieved to have helped Vi­jayakant’s pop­u­lar­ity just ahead of the launch of his party DMDK.

Ka­mal tak­ing a leaf out of Vi­jayakanth’s book could do a whole lot of good, but one can only hope that he uses the law to take on cor­rup­tion in real life un­like his char­ac­ter in In­dian, who pun­ishes the of­fend­ers by tar­get­ing their key cen­tres us­ing ‘ Varma Kalai’. His Vish­wa­roopam 2 is await­ing re­lease.

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