Rajinikanth’s fans have a reason to rejoice, as his upcoming film Vettaiyan, a historical drama set during the Quit India Movement, will release on Diwali 2024. The film is directed by TJ Gnanavel, who is known for his critically acclaimed debut film Ek Thi Daayan, a supernatural thriller. The film also features a star-studded cast, including Amitabh Bachchan, Fahadh Faasil, Rana Daggubati, Manju Warrier, Ritika Singh and Dushara Vijayan. The film will be a digital-only release, as the makers decided to skip the theatrical release due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the box office.
Vettaiyan: A Tribute to the Freedom Fighters
Vettaiyan tells the riveting story of Usha, a courageous young girl who changes the course of India’s freedom struggle through her clandestine radio station. The film draws inspiration from the real-life freedom fighter Usha Mehta, who operated a secret radio station called Congress Radio during the Quit India Movement in 1942. The film pays tribute to both the celebrated and the unsung heroes of the freedom movement, and showcases the bravery, patriotism, sacrifice, and persistence of the youth of India.
The film is produced by Subaskaran Allirajah under his banner Lyca Productions. The film has music composed by Anirudh Ravichander, cinematography handled by S. R. Kathir and editing by Philomin Raj. The film will be accessible to the global audience on Prime Video, and will be available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada languages.
Rajinikanth: The Superstar of Indian Cinema
Rajinikanth is one of the most popular and influential actors of Indian cinema, who has a huge fan following across the world. He is known for his unique style, charisma, and versatility, and has acted in various genres and languages. He has won several awards and accolades, including the Padma Shri, the Padma Vibhushan, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Rajinikanth’s last film was Jailer, which was released in 2023 and was a mega hit. The film, directed by Nelson Dileep Kumar, collected over 700 crore rupees worldwide and received positive reviews from the critics and the audience. Rajinikanth’s performance and Nelson’s making were highly appreciated and praised. Rajinikanth also committed to two other films, Lal Salaam and Vettaiyan, while shooting for Jailer.
Lal Salaam: Rajinikanth’s Cameo in His Daughter’s Film
Lal Salaam is a political thriller directed by Aishwarya Rajinikanth, who is the daughter of Rajinikanth and a filmmaker in her own right. The film stars Kamal Haasan, leading an ensemble cast that includes Trisha, Dulquer Salmaan, Jayam Ravi, Nivetha Thomas, and Prakash Raj. The film also features a cameo appearance by Rajinikanth.
The film revolves around a cricket match between India and Pakistan, which is used as a tool to manipulate the public opinion and the election results by the ruling party. The film exposes the corruption, hypocrisy, and propaganda of the Indian politics, and the role of the media and the social media in influencing the masses. The film also raises questions about the relevance and the impact of religion, caste, and nationalism in the contemporary society.
The film was released on Netflix on February 9, 2024, and received mixed reviews from the critics and the audience. The film was praised for its bold and satirical take on the Indian politics, but was also criticized for its lack of coherence and depth. The film also faced some controversies and backlash from some political parties and groups, who accused the film of being anti-national and defamatory.
The Expectations and the Reactions of Vettaiyan
Vettaiyan is one of the most anticipated films of 2024, as it marks Rajinikanth’s first venture into the historical genre. The film is also expected to showcase a different side of Rajinikanth, who has mostly done commercial and masala films in the recent past. The film will also give a glimpse of Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo, which is said to be a crucial part of the plot. The film is also expected to be a visual treat, as it recreates the era of the 1940s and the freedom movement.
The release date of Vettaiyan was announced on February 13, 2024, coinciding with Rajinikanth’s 73rd birthday. The film will release on Prime Video on Diwali 2024, and will compete with other OTT releases in that festive season, such as Murder Mubarak, starring Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan, which will release on Netflix on October 25, 2024.
The announcement of the release date of Vettaiyan has generated a lot of buzz and excitement among the fans and the critics. Rajinikanth shared the news on his Twitter account, and wrote, “Happy to announce that #VettaiyanOnPrime will release on Diwali 2024. A tribute to the freedom fighters of India. Directed by @tjgnanavel and produced by @LycaProductions. Hope you all enjoy this film.” The tweet received over 50,000 likes and thousands of comments, with many wishing Rajinikanth a happy birthday and expressing their eagerness to watch the film. Some of the comments were:
- “Wow, Rajini sir, you are amazing. Can’t wait to see you as Usha.”
- “This looks so interesting and inspiring. Looking forward to Diwali 2024.”
- “Rajini sir, you are such a versatile actor. You can do any genre and role. All the best for this film.”
- “This is going to be epic. Rajini and Amitabh in one film. What a combination.”