Saamy vs. Dhruva Natchatiram

Posted on June 5, 2018

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Thoughts about the two new Vikram trailers and what they tell us about the films ahead.

When the Saamy 2 (or Saamy Square) trailer landed on Sunday, it made me so mad that I did something I don’t usually do. I put out a trollish tweet. Everyone knows that rage and Twitter are about as good a combination as rum and lemon soda – so after the moment passed, I felt a little foolish about the tweet. But the contempt for the utter cliché of a trailer stands. The hero’s foot lands and kicks up dust. A flash of the IPS shoulder badge. Images that look as though random bits of the film were being spit out by a tennis ball launcher. Tired punches. Punch dialogues that sound even more tired.  Heroine entry. Comedian entry. Heroine gets slapped. Camels. Cars. Camels chasing cars. Or maybe, cars chasing camels. The camera making circles around cars and camels. And in the midst of it all, Vikram.

Every actor is allowed his share of bombs. After all, no one can predict how a film will shape up. But with Vikram, post Deiva Thirumagal (and with the exception of David, where he had a smallish role), it’s been a series of underwhelmers: Rajapattai, Thaandavam, I, 10 Endrathukulla, Iru Mugan, Sketch. I guess we wouldn’t fret so much if this had been another actor, but when someone with such talent and presence – and so much willingness to immerse himself in a role, even in the bad films – wastes his energies on something like this, it makes the blood simmer. And the fact that I didn’t get trolled all that much for my tweet suggested that others were equally unimpressed by the trailer.

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