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Happy birthday Vijay: His next film is called Mersal, first posters unveiled

A day before actor Vijay’s birthday (June 22), the title and first look posters of his new film was released. It is called Mersal and the first poster has a distinct Jallikattu reference.

regional movies Updated: Jun 22, 2017 09:56 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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In Mersal, Vijay will appear in a triple role -- as a panchayat head, a doctor and a magician.

The much-anticipated next film of Tamil superstar Vijay has been titled Mersal, and it was officially announced on the eve of the star’s birthday on Wednesday evening. Along with the title, a stunning new poster was unveiled and it took the internet by storm. The makers release one more poster at midnight on Thursday as a birthday gift to Vijay and his fans went berserk. Since last evening the film’s title has been trending on social media and Vijay’s fans are in no mood let the buzz fizzle out.

In the role of a magician, Vijay is expected to make people laugh.

In the film, Vijay plays triple roles. He will be seen as a panchayat head, a doctor and a magician. The actor’s comic timing will be brought forth on screen through the magician’s role. His portions are intended to evoke laughter and lighten up the mood. The first poster features Vijay as the panchayat head, sporting a twirled mustache, and this role will be seen in the period portion. There is Jallikattu reference in this poster and it could be perceived that the film may address the recent Jallikattu row in Tamil Nadu. Vijay is seen as a magician in the second poster and although it wasn’t as well received as the first, fans still celebrated both the posters.

The makers had recently confirmed that the film will hit the screens worldwide in October, most likely for Diwali, as Rajinikanth’s 2.o has already backed out of the race. Being bankrolled by Sri Thenandal Films, AR Rahman is composing the music. The film stars actor-filmmaker SJ Suryah as an antagonist, apart from Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in key roles.

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First Published: Jun 22, 2017 09:55 IST