The Prince of Tollywood has set the film industry down south buzzing this summer with his new film, Spyder.
When Mahesh Babu signed the flick with ace director A R Murugadoss (ARM) in 2016, there was palpable excitement amid fans of the Tollywood star as well as the director.
Though many had reported last year that this film was a remake of the director’s hit film Thuppakki with Vijay, it clearly isn’t. And with the first look of their film, Spyder, releasing recently, expectations have gone sky high.
What makes this project interesting and has the audience rooting for it is the combination of the Mahesh Babu and Murugadoss. With Ramana, Ghajini, Thuppakki and Kaththi (and their success), Murugadoss has proved that he is made for action films.
So it wasn’t surprising when Mahesh Babu decided to join hands with him for an espionage action film, in which he plays a secret agent à la James Bond.
In Mahesh Babu’s career, action films have been key to his success.
Okkadu, which was remade in Tamil as Ghilli, catapulted him to a different league while Pokkiri showed that he wasn’t a flash in the pan where the action genre was concerned. Dookudu was another feather in his cap but the Tollywood star also realised he needed to be more versatile.
Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Srimathudu and Brahmotsavam showed Mahesh Babu as a man who wants to do good for society and believes that the family is most important. Now with Spyder, Babu is back to doing what he does best – action.
As in most of Murugadoss’ films, a lot of attention has been given to the lead actor’s characterisation. In the first look that was released, Mahesh Babu looks suave, sophisticated, stylish and smart. There’s a good blend of the international look with Indian localisation.
One of the biggest highlights of this film is that Mahesh Babu has done all the stunt sequences himself.
In fact, production designer Rupin Suchak told the media that some of the stunts he has performed haven’t been done by any actor so far. Some key action sequences have been shot in Vietnam (it’s the first Telugu film to be shot there) and local stunt guys have been hired to spice up these scenes. Given the actor’s love for action sequences and how he has aced them in many of his previous films, this will be a treat for the audience.
In most Indian films, there’s always a protagonist and an antagonist. Director Murugadoss threw a curve ball when he roped in director-actor S J Suryah as the villain for this film.
Incidentally, S J Suryah has directed Mahesh Babu in Naani, a 2004 Telugu film. Knowing Murugadoss, S J Suryah’s role is expected to be a defining one in his acting career. He is said to have worked hard on a six pack for the role and gotten a clean-shaven, macho look for this film.
Music director Harris Jayraj has composed for Mahesh Babu for Sainikudu in 2006 and he is back a decade later with him on this project. Murugadoss and Harris have been a winning combo (Ghajini, Holiday, 7aum Arivu and Thuppakki).
With this ARM-Mahesh Babu-Harris combo, all eyes are now on the audio launch of the film on May 28.
Spyder is being made in Tamil and Telugu and in fact, is the first straight Tamil film for Mahesh Babu. Having grown up in Chennai, the actor speaks Tamil and is going to be dubbing for this film as well.
Touted to be made on a budget of Rs 100 crore, Spyder looks all set to be another hit flick for Mahesh Babu and A R Murugadoss.
Will it be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2017? We’ll just have to wait till the film’s release on June 23.
Published Date: Apr 19, 2017 11:31 am | Updated Date: Apr 19, 2017 01:26 pm