Vikram (upcoming film)

Vikram is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and produced by Raaj Kamal Films International.[1] The film features Kamal Haasan ,Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil[2] in the lead roles along with Shivani Narayanan,[3] Kalidas Jayaram,[4] Narain, Antony Varghese and Arjun Das in supporting roles. The soundtrack and film score is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, with cinematography handled by Girish Gangadharan and editing done by Philomin Raj. The film is not a sequel to the 1986 film of the same name, though the film's official title teaser (released 7 November 2020) used a remixed version of the theme song from the 1986 film.[5]

Vikram
Vikram 2021 First look.jpg
First look poster
Directed byLokesh Kanagaraj
Written byLokesh Kanagaraj
Rathna Kumar
Story byLokesh Kanagaraj
Produced byKamal Haasan
R. Mahendran
Starring
CinematographyGirish Gangadharan
Edited byPhilomin Raj
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
Production
company
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget£300 Crors

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Lokesh Kanagaraj was signed by Kamal Haasan's production house Raaj Kamal Films International to direct a film for the studio during November 2019. For which he had previously mentioned his admiration of Kamal Haasan's work, noting that two of the actor's films, Sathya (1988) and Virumaandi (2004), had influenced him to become a film director.[6] Despite agreeing terms, both the director and the studio opted to prioritise commitments, for other films before beginning production work.[7][1] Lokesh narrated the script of the proposed film to Rajinikanth during December 2019.[8][9] The project which was tentatively titled as Thalaivar 169, was scheduled to be launched in March 2020.[10] Despite the progress of discussions, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the launch of the film.[11][12][13]

In September 2020, Lokesh announced a different project, that would feature Kamal Haasan in the lead role.[14] The film's official poster was released on 16 September 2020,[15][16] which came under the tentative title Evanendru Ninaithaai,[17][18][19] a titular song from his film Vishwaroopam (2013), and it features Anirudh Ravichander scoring music for the film, collaborating with Kamal Haasan and Lokesh for the second time after Indian 2 and Master.[20] The team shot for a promotional teaser of the film during October 2020 in Chennai, adhering to the COVID-19 safety regulations suggested by the Indian government.[21] Coinciding with the actor's 66th birthday, 7 November 2020,[22] the makers unveiled the title teaser of the film,[23] featuring Kamal Haasan,[24] in which the title of the film was revealed to be Vikram, a repeat of an earlier film starring the actor which was released in 1986.[25][26][27]

CastingEdit

In the film, Kamal Haasan was reported to play a police officer and media reports stated that he will don a "khaki uniform" for this film, after 15 years since the Gautham Menon directorial Vettayaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006).[28] Lokesh roped in his norm technicians, cinematographer Sathyan Sooryan and editor Philomin Raj, who previously worked with the director in his projects for the film.[29] However due to schedule conflicts, Sooryan was replaced by Girish Gangadharan, in his second Tamil film after Sarkar (2018),[30] whose inclusion was later confirmed by Lokesh on July 2021.[31][32] Twin stunt choreographers Anbariv, were announced a part of the film's technical crew.[33] This marked the duo's second collaboration with Lokesh after Kaithi (2019), where they received accolades for the stunt sequences.[33][34]

Raghava Lawrence was initially approached to play the antagonist in the film during March 2021,[35] however he stepped out of the project due to his prior commitments.[36] In April 2021, Fahadh Faasil confirmed his presence in acting in the film, where he will be seen as a politician.[37] The film marked Fahadh's third project in Tamil after Velaikkaran (2017) and Super Deluxe (2019).[37] In May 2021, Vijay Sethupathi announced his confirmation in the project, collaborating with Lokesh for the second time after Master.[38] Antony Varghese who earlier stepped out of the director's previous film Master citing date issues agreed to play an integral part in the film, thus making this his debut in Tamil cinema.[39] It was revealed that Arjun Das was approached for a role in the film, in his third consecutive association with the director Lokesh after Kaithi and Master.[40] Narain who appeared in a pivotal role in Lokesh's Kaithi too signed the project.[41] Kalidas Jayaram was signed for a pivotal role in July 2021.[42] Bigg Boss Tamil series fame Shivani Narayanan is roped in to play as a female lead role in the film.[43]

FilmingEdit

After Kamal Haasan's commitments during the 2021 Tamil Nadu legislative assembly elections, the launch of the film began on 7 April, with a post shared by Lokesh Kanagaraj through his social media handles.[44] As Haasan decided to shoot for the film only after the election results, since he contested in the Coimbatore South constituency, he demanded Lokesh to make changes in the script.[45] The major shooting schedule of the film is set inside a restaurant, which is a long schedule lasting for 60 days.[28] For this, Kamal has been reported to introduce a new technology, that would shorten the days of film production, although the details were not disclosed.[46] The film's principal photography began on 16 July 2021.[47] Kamal Haasan, was reported to play a retired police offer, and for the flashback portions of the film, Lokesh Kanagaraj reported to use de-aging technology for the film, which was previously used in The Irishman (2019) and the Tamil film Aadhavan (2009).[48] The flashback sequence in its entirety, was eventually said to be cost around 10 crore, particularly for the technology used in the film.[48]

MusicEdit

Vikram
Soundtrack album by
Released2021
Studio
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LengthTBA
LanguageTamil
LabelDivo
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander

The film's soundtrack and background score is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, making this his second collaboration with Lokesh Kanagaraj and Kamal Haasan after Master and Indian 2 respectively. The film's official title teaser (released 7 November 2020) used a remixed version of the theme song from the 1986 film of the same name.[5]

Background score
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Vikram" (Title Teaser Theme)AnirudhKamal Haasan02:23
Total length:02:23

ReleaseEdit

Though, the film's release date was not planned by the makers, the Hindi dubbed version of this film sold to 37 crore (US$5.2 million) for Goldmines Telefilms.[49] Many trade pundits claimed the film as the "hottest in the trade".[50]

ReferencesEdit

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