Vishal and filmmaker Mysskin had joined hands for the first time for Thupparivaalan, an investigative drama with Sherlockian style of narrative. The film released in cinemas on Thursday and opened to mostly positive word-of-mouth. In the film, Vishal plays a detective and his character called Kaniyan Poogundran, is modelled on Sherlock Holmes. Actor Prasanna played his sidekick, a character very close to Sherlock’s partner Dr. Watson. In a press meet in Malaysia on Friday, Vishal confirmed that there will be a sequel to Thupparivaalan and that he plans to continue the franchise.
Mysskin had said that his lead characters from the film are only inspired from Sherlock and Watson and are not entirely based on them. “Everyone gets inspired from something or the other. Edgar Allen Poe came up with the first detective story and then came Sherlock Holmes. There is a thin line between inspiration and plagiarism,” he had said in a statement.
“My story has nothing related to Sherlock Holmes or other detective movies. 'Thupparivaalan' has anecdotes from Subramaniya Bharathi, Mahatma Gandhi; there is love, friendship and ego. This is something I always wanted to write,” he added. The film, which also stars Vinay Rai, Andrea Jeremiah and Anu Emmnauel, has been regarded as Vishal’s best work in a long time.
Vishal had produced Thupparivaalan and he plans to bankroll its sequel as well. Apparently, Mysskin already has the idea ready for the sequel but the writing process will take a while. In the interim, Vishal will complete Sandakozhi 2, which will be the 25th film of his career.
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