In order not to court controversy over the title of their latest film, director Prabhudeva and actor Vishal have renamed it as ‘Vedi’. The film was named ‘Prabhakaran’ earlier and was criticized by many Tamil activists and Tamil movements for using the name of the slain LTTE chief as the title of a pure commercial film.
Fittingly enough, ‘Vedi’ (cracker) is being planned to hit the screens of the eve of Deepavali, the festival of lights and crackers. The explanation given by the Unit for naming the film as ‘Prabhakaran’ was that it was the name of the character that Vishal played in the film. Vishal reportedly plays a tough cop, returning to his cop act after more than two years.
The last time Vishal donned cop’s uniform was for ‘Sathyam’ which fared miserably at the box-office despite Vishal and Nayantara’s sizzling song sequences. This time around, Vishal must be hoping for a turnaround of fortunes.
The title of ‘Vedi’ was also kept for another film starring Vikram and directed by Boopathy Pandian. The film, to be produced by Mohan Natarajan, wasn’t launched but the name was given to the press some time back. It now remains to be seen whether the title of Vikram’s film would undergo a change.