Kollywood crackers

Ajith plays a cop in `Anjaneya'.  

KOLLYWOOD HAS a range of crackers lined up at the box office for Deepavali.

Ajith returns after a year's break, playing cop for the first time in `Anjaneya' produced by NIC Arts and directed by Maharajan. His `Villain' that released last Diwali was one of the only six hits last year. Considering how the cops have fared in Kollywood this year, the audience can prepare itself for yet another arresting performance. Producer SS Chakravarthy launched the audio of the movie (music by Manisarma) directly in the stalls, without any release function, as usual.

The action entertainer with the `masala' elements will keep his fans happy, the producers believe. In fact, Ajith also plays a cop in Ravi Radha's `Maha' — also produced by NIC Arts — that will be completed next year. Ajith fans however, will not have to wait that long with Shaji Kailash's `Jana' almost complete and expected to release early next year.

The filmstar who has been busy with his racing career this year, will leave for Beijing for the races next week, ahead of his release. `Anjaneya' hence was completed at break-neck speed in a start-to-finish schedule, starting end June. The film also stars Meera Jasmine.

`Anjaneya' will have competition from `Thirumalai' — Kavithalaya's next that hopes to rejuvenate Vijay's career. `Thirumalai' will have Vijay making a comeback in an action packed explosive role after a series of lover boy roles. In `Thirumalai', he returns to the basics of super hit formula with Jyotika — action, style, action, style and more action and style, if the promos are to be believed.

Madhavan has his romantic `Jay Jay' to look forward to with Saran who delivered last year's biggest hit `Gemini'. Since everyone's doing what they do best, Madhavan returns to his speciality area. `Jay Jay' promises so much mush and freshness in the midst of all the action and fireworks this Diwali.

And there is the super successful trio of Vikram, Surya and director Bala with the semi-dark `Pitamahan'. While Vikram plays an unkempt gravedigger, Surya plays a contrasting full-of-life foil in this serious but commercial film.

This year might just be the year of Vikram if the hat trick clicks. Vikram is confident. Even while shooting for the movie, he was calm and composed and cracking jokes, being his usual casual self. `Pitamahan', he says, will silence those who complained that he was doing only masala movies and had lost touch with his `Sethu' and `Kasi' days. He has gone in for a completely deglamourised look in the movie — with dirty looking coloured hair, a thick stubble that borders on a beard, and `broken' teeth. The film is supposed to be dark in parts, but `fun', as he describes it.

Surya plays a talkative, full of fun, bubbly, boisterous character for a first time, a contrast to the serious, suavely urban man of few words ACP Anbuselvan that he played in `Kaakha... Kaakha...'

No Rajni. No Kamal. No Vijayakanth either this Diwali. So representing the seniors this year is action king Arjun. Arjun's next release ahead of his `Arasatchi' directed by Maharajan, is `Ottran' with Simran. Pravin Mani has scored the music for the film.

Competing against these biggies is Shaam with his offbeat `Eyarkai', releasing this Deepavali ahead of his delayed `Ullam Kekuthey'.

By Sudhish Kamath