Seethakathi trailer breakdown
The film stars Vijay Sethupathi, Archana, J Mahendran, and Mouli in the lead roles
The trailer of Vijay Sethupathi's 25th film, Seethakathi, was launched on social media today. The film, directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan, features the actor as 'Ayya' Aadhimoolam, an aged superstar, who started out as a prolific theatre artiste.
The trailer opens with what appears to be the driving plot-point of the film — Ayya Aadhimoolam refusing to attend film shootings and complaints about this being lodged at the Producers' Council. We are then shown glimpses of Ayya's stardom set to the upbeat score by 96-fame Govind Vasantha. Considering how the fans seem to be fondly referring to him as Ayya, questions do arise if he was a theatre artiste who left the stage to become a superstar early in his career (a la Satyajit Ray's Nayak), or if he made the transition late in his life, and hence is called Ayya. Is the tiff with the directors and producers' council, a nod to the issues faced by Malayalam actor Thilakan in the latter stages of his career?
When we first see Vijay Sethupathi, the upbeat score gives way to a lilting flute tune, and he is in a nondescript house, spending time with his grandson. The gripping trailer ends with Ayya taking centre-stage, dropping to his knees in a regal costume, and delivering a short dialogue that generates more questions rather than providing answers, which is always a good sign.
Also starring Archana, Bagavathi Perumal, Mouli, J Mahendran, Rajkumar and Gayathrie, Seethakaathi is set to hit the screens on December 20.