The craze among lead actors to play roles with shades of ‘grey’ is almost palpable. Superstar Rajinikanth started the trend in the mid-nineties when he played an underworld don in his highly successful Baasha. Ever since the film released, many heroes have attempted the ‘negative’ role technique (not throughout the film) but haven’t managed to achieve even half the amount of success that the Rajini-starrer achieved.
Rajini repeated the ‘villain’ act again in his latest film Enthiran: The Robot which also bagged him the ‘Filmfare’ award for ‘best villain’. Ajith took cue from it and starred in a full-length negative role in his last year’s landmark 50th film Mankatha which later proved to be one of the biggest hits in his career.
Simbu, who had declared that he is a fan of Ajith, is said to be emulating his favourite star by playing a negative role in his upcoming film Vettai Mannan which has a couple of hotties in the form of Hansika and Deeksha Seth as his heroines. Suriya too reportedly plays a villain’s role in his upcoming film Maatraan which is directed by K.V. Anand, who had earlier directed Suriya in the highly successful Ayan.
It is said that Suriya doesn’t play twin roles in the film but his character turns into a ‘negative’ one as the film progresses past the half-way stage. The film already has three villains in the form of Veera, Milind Soman and Daniel Balaji, who have played villainous roles in Gautham Menon’s Nadunisi Naaygal, Pachchaikili Muthucharam and Vettaiyadu Vilaiyaadu respectively in that order.
The script has been penned in such a manner that Suriya’s role gets ‘negative’ shades in the second-half. Anand has reportedly scripted a powerful story which would give Suriya opportunity to show-case his wide-ranging emotions.