Election fever hits Kollywood, too!
th Election Day round the corner, political parties and their leaders have been busy planning their campaign blitzkriegs to ensure that they find favour among voters. With the state in election mode, can Kollywood be far behind? Around half-a-dozen politics-themed films are set to hit the screens in the coming months, starting with Ko 2, which is releasing exactly on the election weekend. Chennai Times presents a roundup of these political films that are hoping to ride on the election season buzz…
KV Anand’s Ko was a successful political thriller and Ko 2, while not a sequel, is an extension of the franchise. This film is a remake of the Telugu film Prathinidhi, and stars Bobby Simhaa, Nikki Galrani and Prakash Raj in the lead roles. It is directed by debutant Sarath, who has worked as an AD for Unnaipol Oruvan and Billa II. The plot revolves around a man who kidnaps the chief minister of the state and the mystery over why he did so. The film’s team has been creating a buzz by using the sharp political dialogues as promos.
Raju Murugan, who gave the romance drama Cuckoo, has directed this upcoming political satire that has Guru Somasundaram (of Aaranya Kaandam and Jigarthanda fame) in the lead. The film is said to revolve around a middle-aged man who lives below the poverty line and feels that people should have the power to not just elect their representatives but also to send them back if they are corrupt. “People think politics is only about forming a political party and participating in the elections. What we have tried to convey is that there is politics in everything; even in what we speak about other people,” the director had told CT.
Starring Jiiva and Nayanthara and directed by PS Ramnath, Thirunaal has been in the making for some time. We hear that the film explores the nexus between politics and rowdyism. In fact the trailer begins with the lines, “Arisiyal-la valara rowdy venum; rowdyism-la valara arasiyal moola venum” (To make it big in politics, you need a rowdy; to succeed as a rowdy, you need a political brain). Jiiva plays a gun-for-hire in the Kumbakonam-Tanjore area who falls out of favour of a bigwig poltician in the region.
Presented by Nalan Kumarasamy, this film, featuring newcomers in its cast and crew, is directed by Vijay Kumar, who was a contestant on the first season of Naalaya Iyakkunar. The story takes places in two parallel tracks — one involving four college students and the other, about a guy who wants to make it big in politics. The trailer of the film gives enough indication that the film will tackle the exploitation of youth by politicians.