Saami Square Trailer Review: Mahanati's Female Hero Keerthy Suresh Reduced To A Prop

Saami Square Trailer Review: Mahanati's Female Hero Keerthy Suresh Reduced To A Prop

Going by the trailer it seems Vikram's next film is a showcase for his machismo with Keerti Suresh being sidelined
Saami Square Trailer Review: Mahanati's Female Hero Keerthy Suresh Reduced To A Prop

The  trailer  of   the new pow-wow-dishoom-dishoom Tamil Vikram starrer Saami Square(this is  their way of telling  us  it is a sequel) throws  forward a disturbing patriarchal  arrogance as  Vikram who is known to experiment with various kinds  of  roles, runs amok with his machismo.

Never has  this solid Tamil actor with a  slew of prized  performances to his credit, been seen to be so blatantly  and crudely heroic in the most basic cinematic sense. Rippling muscles, flaring nostrils, blaring dialogues… Playing a cop he snarls, he swears, he beats up his adversaries, and  most macho of all, he  treats his lady love like  trash. This is  Salman  Khan’s Dabangg territory being  invaded  by the redoubtable Vikram. And the prime  casualty  of  Vikram overweening  machismo is  the leading-lady Keerty Suresh .Just the  other day gorgeous  lady held centrestage in Mahanati. Now here in her first  post-Mahanati  release  she is content being the secondary interest, the glamour prop, so to speak.

This  is truly  unfortunate. It just shows that the patriarchal mindset runs dangerously  deep in Indian cinema. In Bollywood the female hero may rule in  Raazi and Veere Di Wedding. But the kind of build-up and welcome  given to  Salman Khan in Race 3  is unequalled by anything the ladies can do. One can see Vikram , a fine actor with a  penchant for nuanced character construction, struggling to  appear larger than life in Saami Square (not to be confused  with Saami Circle) . He screams for attention in bare-chested glory  barely  giving the other  actors a  chance to have a word edgewise.

The worst casualty is Keerty, whom the audiences  expect to see a  lot more of  after Mahanati than what Saami Square(what  kind of a title  is that?) is  likely to  offer. This  is  not what we expect  from her. Or for that matter from Vikram whom we have  come to associate with  quality  cinema in Tamil. Watch the trailer: 

Funny, what the pursuit of  success can do even to the successful.

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