Comedian Vadivelu, who has been continually ignored by Kollywood ever since the change of guard in the State, would be back on-screen in theatres after a 11-month long hiatus. The ace comedian, who was having a jolly time till the elections were over, found himself in the doldrums in the face of the changed political scenario in the State with no director or producer willing to sign him up to star in their further projects.
Vadivelu was badly hoping for his comeback film even as producers were struggling to find a right person as Vadivelu’s substitute.
Vadivelu’s ‘comeback’, though, is not through a film which he signed up recently. He returns back through Prashanth’s forthcoming film Mambattiyan, that would be releasing all over the State next Friday(Dec 16, 2011).
Thiagarajan, who has produced and directed Mambattiyan, had signed up Vadivelu last year but didn’t take him off his film despite the change of guard in the State. After the election results, none of the directors dared to sign up Vadivelu in their films as they feared they might ‘invoke’ the wrath of the powers-that-be in the State.
However Thiagarajan, didn’t change his mind, and more ever he changed the script in such a manner, that Vadivelu’s character would be present throughout the film.
Mambattiyan, incidentally, is a remake of the super-duper hit film Malaiyur Mambattiyan which starred Thiagarajan in the lead in the year 1983. Vadivelu would be reprising the role essayed by ace comedian Goundamani in the original version. Talking about Vadivelu’s role in the film, Prashanth says that the comedian had delivered a wonderful performance in the film.
“As if to compensate for his absence for the past 11 months, Vadivelu has delivered ‘unlimited meals’ in terms of comedy for his fans. I’m sure it would be liked by the audience,” says Prashanth.
Films like Thamizh, Winner and London which starred Prashanth and Vadivelu together had hugely popular comic portions in them. It is hoped that the comeback man Vadivelu and Prasanth, who is hoping for a break for a hiatus, would come together to make another successful venture.