Prem directional Much awaited Kannada movie The Villain teaser has been released two days back. The teasers were released by Karnataka Chief Minister H.D Kumaraswamy at Cinema GT World, Bengaluru. The teaser revealing ceremony had a screening fee of Rs.500 per head. However producer conveyed that the collected fee will be provided to the film technicians suffering from financial problems.
The movie marks the collaboration of actors Shivaraj Kumar and Sudeep for the first time in their careers.In order to avoid any tussle between fans regarding the amount of screen space allotted for the actors,director made a calculated move of releasing two different trailers.
As expected the teasers have shattered several previous records set by Kannada films in the past.First teaser which introduces Sudeep’s character in the film has crossed one million views within 16 hours bypassing actor Yash’s K.G.F which had crossed one million views within in 17 hours. At present ,views of The Villain stands at 2.5 million with many more to come. Second teaser which involves Shivaraj Kumar too is receiving an overwhelming response from people and has already crossed 1.7 million views in YouTube.
Here is the The Villain teaser introducing Sudeep’s character
Director uses an ant to reveal the grey shaded character of Sudeep in the film.Even though the purpose of using ant as a reference point is not clear, bluish green contacts have been purposefully used for Sudeep’s character to have a distinct villainous look.
Here is the The Villain teaser introducing Shivarajkumar’s character
Second teaser which introduces the character of Shivaraj Kumar has references from his past films including a film with the same director as well.For people who will be waiting to see Shivaraj Kumar in a different avatar will be slightly disappointed to see him in a familiar terrain again.
From the posters which were released few days back it was quite clear that the movie is about the clash between good and evil.And from the first looks of both characters,it was evident that both Sudeep and Shivaraj Kumar will be carrying two different roles or get ups in the film.
Once known as a dark horse of Kannada film industry,Prem has lost his touch after delivering a string of flops.Even though the director never makes any compromises as for as the outer look and grandeur of the film is concerned, it should be seen whether the script of The Villain will be having the power to hold the audience’s attention or not.Another matter of concern is that the script of The Villain was tailor made for both of these actors after their previous project Kali was shelved due to the creative differences between actor and director. Considering the fact that the Kannada film audiences have slowly started to accept content based films without looking at the star cast,it would be extremely difficult for a big budget film to work in case of a poor story line.But if the director,who once gave career break to actor Darshan with a cult film like Kariya has indeed gone back to his roots and given a satisfying story which could take the best out of these talented actors,nothing could stop the film from becoming a blockbuster.
Principal star cast of The Villain includes Shivaraj Kumar, Sudeep, Amy Jackson, Mithun Chakraborty and Srikanth. Arjun Janya has provided music for the film.The movie is bankrolled by C R Manohar through Tanvi -Shanvi films.