The highlight of this screening is that the audience will have the opportunity to watch both Viduthalai Part 1 and Part 2 consecutively, with a runtime of approximately five hours.
Filmmaker Vetrimaaran is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the international film festival circuit. He's set to solidify his position as a powerful voice of contemporary Indian cinema by showcasing his latest movie Viduthalai Part 2 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
The highlight of this screening is that the audience will have the opportunity to watch both Part 1 and Part 2 consecutively, with a runtime of approximately five hours. Both segments of the movie are scheduled to be screened at the festival on January 31 and February 3.
Viduthalai Part 1 was a big critical and commerical hit
Viduthalai Part 1 was released last year garnering a lot of critical acclaim. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap had heaped praises on the movie , calling it a "very powerful film", and declaring it has "the best opening shot I’ve seen in the longest time."
The movie's opening shot is a lengthy single take capturing the horrors of a devastating train attack. Vetrimaaran pushed the boundaries of visual storytelling by employing the technique of a single take. The scene received much praise but also incurred significant costs for the producers.
Earlier, when discussing the efforts invested in creating the opening scene, Vetrimaaran revealed that a member of the stunt team lost his life in the process.
Vetrimaaran revealed that he initially envisioned Viduthalai as a single movie, with Vijay Sethupathi playing an extended cameo. The entire film was supposed to rely on the shoulders of Soori. However, as he began shooting, the world of Viduthalai continued to expand in scope, scale, and runtime, prompting him to split the movie into two parts.
The first part sheds light on the dehumanizing effects of granting unchecked powers to the state's police forces. It narrates the story through the eyes of a naive low-ranking cop who becomes involved in a manhunt operation.
The film ended with Soori's Kumaresan helping the police force to capture Sethupathi's Perumal Vathiyar. The second part will follow the aftermath of Perumal's arrest.