The director's last outing, Draupathi, which had a theatrical release earlier this year, is streaming on Amazon Prime
The first look of the film
Mohan G's Draupathi, which released earlier this year, was mired in controversies from the time its trailer was released. Post the release of the film, there were allegations that the movie was glorifying casteism and politics based on it. Many movie buffs and netizens also came up with serious allegation that the director portrayed the so-called lower community in poor light in the disguise of making a film on rampant fraudulent legal marriages.
When he announced recently that the first look and trailer of his next project, Rudra Thandavam, will be out on Tuesday, cinephiles were curious on what is in store for them. The movie marks the third collaboration of Mohan and Rishi Richard after Pazhaya Vannarapettai and Draupathi.
The first look of the movie features Rishi as a handcuffed cop; he plays Rudra Prabhakar, a sincere police officer hailing from Dharmapuri, who is termed casteist by rogues who indulge in drug trafficking business. Filmmaker-turned-actor Gautham Menon plays the antagonist in the film, which has the likes of Radha Ravi, Thambi Ramaiah and Cook With Comali fame Darsha Gupta among others playing prominent roles.
The movie touches upon controversial topics like religious conversion, caste fanaticism and The Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act. The trailer has, unsurprisingly, opened to mixed reactions from netizens. While a few heap praise on the filmmaker for portraying stark and untold realities, some of them came down heavily on him alleging that he is purposefully making movies that incite divisiveness in society. Rudra Thandavam has Mohan himself writing the screenplay and dialogues, while Jubin and Farook J have handled music and cinematography respectively. Going by the trailer, the movie, which is shot completely in North Madras, is expected to ruffle feathers. The makers have announced that the film will be a theatrical release this year.