The two-part Viduthalai premiered at International Film Festival of Rotterdam recently
We had earlier reported that director Vetri Maaran's two-part film Viduthalai (Viduthalai Parts 1 and 2) will be screened at the ongoing International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Upon its screening, the film received a thunderous standing ovation for five minutes, reaffirming its impactful storytelling and stellar performances.
The duology, directed by Vetri Maaran, stars actors Soori, Vijay Sethupathi, and Bhavani Sre, among others. The first part was released in theatres in 2023, but the makers have yet to announce the release date of the second part in India. However, at the Rotterdam festival, both parts were screened to the audience.
The film stars Soori in the lead role, a deviation of sorts for the actor who had played comic roles in the past. In the duology, Soori plays a rookie cop who gets to witness the brutality of police unleashed on innocent people's lives, while on the other side is Vijay Sethupathi's character, Perumal, leading a people's movement as an act of rebellion. It is to be noted that Viduthalai marks Soori’s maiden film as the lead.
The first part was released to mixed to positive responses and many applauded Soori's transformation from a comedian to an actor. The film also starred Chetan, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Rajiv Menon and Ilavarasu, among others. While the first part had a limited appearance by Vijay Sethupathi, his character was expected to have an extended presence in the second part. The film ended with Soori's Kumaresan helping the police force capture Sethupathi's Perumal Vathiyar. The second part will follow the aftermath of Perumal's arrest.
The period crime thriller is adapted from the short story Thunaivan, written by B Jeyamohan. The author has also co-written the script for the film with Vetrimaaran. Backed by Elred Kumar under the RS Infotainment banner, Ilaiyaraaja has composed the score for the film, with R Velraj as the cinematographer. Ramar has edited the duology.
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.