The trailer for Mr Chandramouli, which stars Karthik, Gautham Karthik, Regina Cassandra, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and others, has been released. While the title suggested that the film would be a comedy entertainer, the trailer has darker shades.
The film, directed by Thiru, is expected to release on May 25.
The trailer opens with Gautham Karthik introducing himself as Raghav, a professional boxer. Gautham, who is yet to make a mark in the Tamil film industry (Rangoon remains his only critically acclaimed hit), appears to have trained hard for this film.
Raghav then goes on to add that his father, played by his real life dad, Karthik, is more important to him than even boxing. Karthik, who plays the title role of Mr Chandramouli, is characterised as a "cool" older man - in the time-honored and cringey fashion of having white women swoon around him (just why?).
Comedian Sathish is also part of the cast and he asks Raghav, "Your dad's name is Chandramouli, why are you giving Rajamouli-level buildup?"
The story appears to revolve around Chandramouli's old yellow car, going by the importance it gets on the film's poster as well. Or is it just a gimmick?
Regina Cassandra plays Madhu - supposedly a quick-tempered young woman. The trailer suggests that a tragedy or some kind of problem involving Mr Chandramouli forces Raghav to turn to violence. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar makes a brief appearance, leaning out of a train.
The film has music by Sam CS.
Gautham Karthik's last film was Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren with Vijay Sethupathi. Although the film opened to high expectations, it was universally panned. He will be hoping that his partnership with his father, who was one of the leading heroes of his time, may turn his luck around.