The official trailer of Adithya Varma, the Tamil remake of the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, was released on Tuesday. Arjun Reddy as well as the Hindi remake Kabir Singh were heavily criticised for glorifying toxic masculinity and violence against women. The Tamil version appears to be a faithful remake of the original. Considering the box-office success of the previous films, despite their blatant misogyny, this isn’t surprising.
The film will hit the screens on November 8.
Starring Dhruv Vikram, Banita Sandhu and Priya Anand in important roles, the film has been directed by Gireesaaya, an associate of Sandeep Vanga (who infamously justified the violence in his film as “love”), the director of Arjun Reddy.
The trailer begins with a disciplinary hearing and then goes back to tell the story of the angry doctor, Adithya, played by Dhruv. The trailer has a mix of all the highs and lows in Dr Adithya’s life. Priya Anand is surprisingly not seen in this trailer.
October fame Banita will be making her Tamil debut in this film as Meera. Ravi K Chandran has done the film’s cinematography while Vivek Harshan has edited the final output. Radhan, who originally did the music for Arjun Reddy and Bala’s version has been retained as the music director for this version of remake too.
The remake of this film was originally done by director Bala and was titled Varmaa. However, it was later scrapped after the makers were unhappy with the output. In a statement, Bala had revealed that it was his decision to leave the project and denied allegations made by the producers. “I am forced to release this explanation, due to the false statement from the producer of Varmaa. In order to safeguard creative freedom, it was my own decision to relieve myself from the project. Considering Dhruv Vikram’s future, I would like to end this here,” he said.
Having completed the shooting of this film, Dhruv posted a video on Instagram, stating that he was thankful for the opportunity and his father. “Adithya Varma will always be the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me. He gave me a purpose, gave my life meaning, gave me clarity about myself and most importantly, taught me how to never give up. So much love for all the people in this video, especially the man (his dad Vikram) in the last frame. Couldn’t have done it without you,” he wrote.