Slowly but steadily, Tollywood film-maker S.S. Rajamouli has been becoming the Subhash Ghai of South India. Bollywood’s producer-director is widely considered the ‘showman of India’, a title attributed to him because of his lavish, grand and intricate style of film-making. Some of Ghai’s significant hits include Hero, Khalnayak, Pardes, etc.
Rajamouli made Magadheera, one of the all-time great money-grossers in Telugu films, more than three years back. It starred relatively unknown Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Agarwal in lead roles. The script traveled back in time at many places yet it was to Mouli’s credit that he could turn the film into one of the most memorable hits. It was dubbed in Tamil as Maaveeran and did well.
Mouli’s latest offering Naan Ee (released in Telugu as Eega) has also turned out to be a super-duper hit. Except heroine Samantha, the film’s lead actors Naani and Sudeep are largely unknown to Tamil audiences and again, it was Mouli’s film-making instincts which have made a huge difference. Tamil audiences love the ‘revenge’ story wherein the hero ‘reincarnates’ in the form of a house-fly to decimate the villain.
Even superstar Rajinikanth appreciated Sudeep’s ‘villain act’ in the film. Ajith, whose Billa-2 released last week and a week later than Naan Eee, was reportedly highly impressed by what he saw on-screen. Even as Eega has been going great guns in Telugu,Naan Ee too appears to be proceeding towards becoming a super-duper hit film.
Ajith spoke to Mouli over phone and appreciated his work. He is said to have told Mouli to prepare a ‘suitable script’ (set in period) so that they both can work together. Mouli, on the other hand, has remarked that Ajith is capable of ‘great things’ provided he gets a good enough script. Let’s wait and see whether they unite in future for a film!