After Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva release, is Raghava Lawrence planning to enter politics?
Is the popular Kollywood choreographer turned actor Raghava Lawrence planning to jump into Tamil Nadu politics? The grapevine is abuzz that Rajinikanth’s one-time favourite dance choreographer-turned-hero, who does mass-masala films, is keen on a different role. The 41-year-old Lawrence, for the last few years, has been doing a lot of social work and recently he made news for providing funds for his organisations 128th heart surgery for a child.
Lawrence through his mass masala entertainers has been able to reach across to the B and C markets in Tamil Nadu. His horror and action laced comedies, Kanchana 1 and 2 have been blockbusters in Tamil and Telugu. The horror comedy genre, in which he specialises, has become popular with female audiences and children.
And now his next film Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva is all set for a big release across south India. It is a remake of Telugu action cop entertainer Pattas. In the film Lawrence plays a no –nonsense cop, a regular character profile from mass movies. The film was embroiled in controversies and its released delayed as its original producer, Madhan of Vendhar Movies, had disappeared after writing a suicide note.
Madhan was one of the key figures involved in the college admission scam in Tamil Nadu. The producer was later arrested and the film was taken over by Sivabalan productions, which went through a lot of financial issues and court cases in releasing the film.
Lawrence had to step in and waive his salary for the film, as a lot is riding on Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva, which he feels will take him to the next level of stardom in Kollywood.
Amma Creations’ T Siva, who helped to release the film said: “Raghava Lawrence is one of finest human beings I have ever met. To ensure Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva release he sacrificed his entire remuneration. Further to settle the deficit, he gave huge sum of money from his own pocket. Tell me one hero in Kollywood who will do something similar?”
The choreographer turned actor, who at one time imitated Rajinikanth in style and dialogue delivery, is now following the path set by the Dravidian demi god, the late MGR.
Remixing an old classic number of the legendary MGR is no easy task. Lawrence has taken the all-time hit song 'Aadaludan Paadalai Kettu Rasipadhile' from Kudiyirundha Kovil and remixed it for Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva. The fast beat and Bangra style of dance in the original song picturised on actress L. Vijayalakshmi and MGR has now been shot with Lawrence and Nikki Galrani in Malaysia.
The film has debut music director Amresh Ganesh, who is the son of actress Jayachitra, and Lawrence has also sang a song in the film. Buzz is that Lawrence wants to project himself as the next MGR and the film has also lots of punchline dialogues.
Lawrence jumped into the recent Jallikattu agitation and made all the right noises, which got him a lot of accolades. His detractors say that he got into the agitation to reap political benefits, as a known face of the agitation. But those supporting him say that he was one among the supporters of Jallikattu, who during the protest provided food, medicine and basic needs to the protesters.
However his speeches after the Jallikattu protest started inviting criticism from protesters and students community. He was trolled for his claim that he had spent nearly Rs 1 crore for Jallikattu protest.
In a way Lawrence is testing waters, on whether he can convert all this noise into votes. If Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva becomes a hit, Lawrence is on the right track as a lot of political parties are interested in backing him. Tamil Nadu politics has always wooed tinsel town stars, to bring in the crowds, especially at election meetings.