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Indian re-release – Kamal Haasan, Shankar film fails to recreate Ghilli magic; Netizens react

Indian, the blockbuster Kamal Haasan-starrer directed by Shankar, had its re-release recently. However, the 1996-released film failed to recreate the magic of Vijay’s Ghilli in theatres.

Indian re-release – Kamal Haasan, Shankar film fails to recreate Ghilli magic; Netizens react
Urmila Matondkar and Kamal Haasan in a still from Indian.

Last Updated: 04.31 PM, Jun 10, 2024


Indian, the 1996-released blockbuster vigilante action film, remains one of the biggest hits in Kamal Haasan’s career. The movie, directed by hitmaker Shankar, featured Ulaganayagan in a double role as Veerasekaran Senapathy and his son, Chandru. Ahead of the release of the film’s highly anticipated sequel Indian 2, the makers re-released the much-loved first installment in theatres, recently. However, Indian failed to recreate the magic of Thalapathy Vijay’s Ghilli, which had a dream re-release run across the globe.

Indian re-release - Fails to recreate the Ghilli magic

Kamal Haasan's multiple looks as Senapathy in Indian.
Kamal Haasan's multiple looks as Senapathy in Indian.

As per the recent updates, Indian re-release has left the audiences deeply disappointed, especially due to the poor audio and visual quality of the print. While the Thalapathy Vijay-Dharani starrer Ghilli set the screens on fire with the excellent quality of its remastered print, the Kamal Haasan-starrer ended up as a forgettable experience for the audiences. Many cine-goers recently took to X (formerly Twitter) and revealed that the Shankar directorial ended up as one of the most underwhelming theatrical experiences for them.

Sukanya and Kamal Haasan in Indian.
Sukanya and Kamal Haasan in Indian.

“Indian one of the worst re-release restorations for @srisuryamovies, They just scanned negative, restored, ungraded, and delivered to theatres. Hope they should have shown to @shankarshanmugh before releasing it. Visual Magic & Sound of Indian lost in restoration” wrote a disappointed cine-goer. “Indian rerelease was just badly done work...if you can't do the work properly please don't say we have done remastering. It looked like oil painting most of the time,” reads a netizen’s post. Meanwhile, the Kamal Haasan fans, who are happy to witness the Shankar magic onscreen yet again, shared some exciting visuals from the theatres on X.

Indian on OTT

For film fanatics who are unable to watch Indian in theatres, the movie is currently available for streaming online. You can revisit the Kamal Haasan-starrer on popular OTT platforms Aha Tamil and Amazon Prime Video. The Shankar directorial is also available to stream on OTTplay Premium.

Meanwhile, Indian 2, the highly anticipated second installment in the franchise, is gearing up to hit the big screens on July 12, 2024. Kamal Haasan is returning to play the celebrated character Senapathy in the film which stars late actors Nedumudi Venu and Vivek, Siddharth, Rahul Preet Singh, Bobby Simha, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Kalidas Jayaram, Samuthirakani, Delhi Ganesh, Manobala, and many others in the supporting roles.

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