Saamy Square's trailer — apart from showcasing bloodshed left, right and centre among many racy fight sequences — also introduces Keerthy Suresh who replaces Trisha in the sequel. Keerthy plays her usual goofy self who is in awe of Chiyaan Vikram. Bobby Simha on the other hand, takes on as the powerful and crude villain, constantly at loggerheads with Vikram.
However, fans believe that the Sammy Square trailer throws forward a disturbing patriarchal arrogance as Vikram, who is known to experiment with various kinds of roles, runs amok with his machismo. Never has this solid Tamil actor with a slew of prized performances to his credit, been seen to be so blatantly and crudely heroic in the most basic cinematic sense. Rippling muscles, flaring nostrils, blaring dialogues… Playing a cop he snarls, he swears, he beats up his adversaries, and most macho of all, he treats his lady love like trash.
This is Salman Khan's "Dabangg" territory being invaded by the redoubtable Vikram. And the prime casualty of Vikram overweening machismo is the leading-lady Keerty Suresh .Just the other day gorgeous lady held centrestage in Mahanati. Now here in her first post-Mahanati release she is content being the secondary interest, the glamour prop, so to speak.
This is truly unfortunate. It just shows that the patriarchal mindset runs dangerously deep in Indian cinema. In Bollywood the female hero may rule in "Raazi" and "Veere Di Wedding". But the kind of build-up and welcome given to Salman Khan in "Race 3" is unequalled by anything the ladies can do.
One can see Vikram , a fine actor with a penchant for nuanced character construction, struggling to appear larger than life Saami Square(not to be confused with Saami Circle) . He screams for attention in bare-chested glory barely giving the other actors a chance to have a word edgewise.
The worst casualty is Keerty , whom the audiences expect to see a lot more of after Mahanati than what Saami Square(what kind of a title is that?) is likely to offer.This is not what we expect from her. Or for that matter from Vikram whom we have come to associate with quality cinema in Tamil.
Funny, what the pursuit of success can do even to the successful.
(With IANS Inputs)