Battle of the twins
Today’s one of those rare Indian Fridays when two big Hollywood films are allowed to face off. The films in question, Alien: Covenant and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword are by Ridley Scott and Guy Ritchie respectively. And despite stunning track records, it appears that both filmmakers have a thing or two to prove with their films. While Guy Ritchie is returning after the rather underwhelming The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Ridley Scott’s last alien film, Prometheus, didn’t exactly fare well. Can Guy Ritchie, who’s made his career with crime comedies, show his mettle in fantasy? Can Ridley Scott, who founded the Alien franchise, resurrect it?
With the effect of Baahubali ever so slowly waning, films are slowly emerging for release. This week, among other Tamil films, we have Udhayanidhi’s Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen and Kalaiyarasan’s Yeidhavan, with both actors eager to establish their bankability as a hero. Udhayanidhi is taking recluse in masala haven, following a serious detour in Manidhan, a remake of Jolly LLB. The director of Saravanan…, Ezhil, has enjoyed a new lease of life following the success of his last, Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran. With Soori on board again, you can be assured that the film will be replete with attempts at humour of all kinds. Meanwhile, Kalaiyarasan has tried, rather unsuccessfully, to shrug off his reputation as a character actor with films like Adhe Kangal and Raja Manthiri. He will hope that his foray into action in Yeidhavan will do what previous films haven’t yet.
The internet men
Director Ram Gopal Varma, who, these days, seems to be more popular for his controversial work on social media than in cinema, will look to set things straight with Sarkar 3, starring Amitabh Bachchan. The film I’m more excited about, this week, is Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan’s Lens, which reportedly is about the ills of internet voyeurism. Adding to the excitement is news that Vetrimaaran’s Grassroot Film Company is distributing this film.Further-more, Lens has come in for recognition at some international film festivals too. After weeks spent dissecting every sound and frame in Baahubali, it is admittedly a bit of a relief to see the sheer variety on offer, this week.
The writer is the entertainment editor of The New Indian Express