Bandra marks the reunion of Dileep and director Arun Gopy after Ramaleela, which was released in 2017
Dileep is all set for his second theatrical release in 2023, after Voice of Sathyanathan. The upcoming action drama film Bandra features Tamannaah Bhatia as the female lead. The movie is directed by Arun Gopy, who previously helmed Ramaleela, which gave Dileep his much-needed break in 2017. The makers have now announced that Bandra will hit theatres on November 10. Bandra’s screenplay is penned by Udaykrishna, the writer who previously scripted Pulimurugan.
Dileep makes a comeback as an action hero
Bandra is an action film, featuring Dileep as a ‘massy’ actor. The film’s trailer suggests that Dileep will be playing an action hero, much like his previous movies Kochi Rajavu and Runway. While Dileep’s recent releases - Kammara Sambhavam and Jack & Daniel - had action sequences, those were not complete action films. Earlier, there were speculations that the plot of Bandra is based on the life of the late Bollywood actress Divya Bharti. In an interview with OTTplay earlier, the director clarified that Dileep’s character in the film is not an underworld don.
Will Arun Gopy be a saviour for Dileep once again?
Arun’s Ramaleela was instrumental in reviving Dileep’s career in 2017 when he was facing a lot of difficulties in both his personal and professional life. He had delivered a series of flops that included Welcome to Central Jail and Pooram in 2017. However, the success of Ramaleela, amid all the setbacks, instilled confidence in Dileep as an actor. Currently, he is once again facing challenges at the box-office, despite receiving mixed reviews for his recent release, Voice of Sathyanathan. Therefore, Dileep needs to deliver a massive hit like Ramaleela to prove his box-office potential and regain his position as a crowd-puller.
Criticism faced by Udaykrishna for his recent film scripts
Udaykrishna has penned some of the top grossers in Malayalam cinema, like Pulimurugan. He has also written blockbuster films like CID Moosa and Kochi Rajavu, starring Dileep. However, in recent times, his scripts have faced criticism for its ‘outdated elements’, especially in films like Christopher, Monster and Aarattu. The trailer of Bandra also seems to have some over-the-top mass sequences and dialogues that may not find many takers among the audience.