The first look motion poster of Vikram's upcoming film with Raajkamal Films International and Trident Arts was released on Wednesday. The film has been titled Kadaram Kondan and shows Vikarm in a never before seen avatar.
The first look also shows the Malaysian Petronas twin towers in the background, hinting that the film could be set in the country. Vikram is seen handcuffed in the poster. He sports a body tattoo, a metal chain with a KK engraved dollar around his neck and his look is complete with a very Logan-type snarl and clawing of fingers. The star is also seen wearing shades and the motion poster ends with wisps of smoke coming out from his open mouth.
The filmâ€™s title brings with it an interesting context. Kadaram is modern day Kedah, a state in the northwestern part of peninsular Malaysia. Kadaram Kondan is, in fact, a name given to Chola king Rajendra Chola I after he conquered Malaysia. His other titles include Parakesari, Yuddhamalla, Mummudi and Gangai Kondan.
It was announced earlier that the film also stars Akshara Haasan. To be directed by Rajesh M Selva, the film has Ghibran for music and Srinivas R Gutha for cinematography. More details on the project are awaited.
Previously, Pa Ranjithâ€™s Kabali starring Rajinikanth was set in Malaysia and dealt with Tamil peopleâ€™s lives in the country. Kadaram Kondan therefore might bring an interesting perspective to the lives of Malaysian Tamils.
Vikram, who was last seen in Saamy Square, also awaits the release of Gautham Menonâ€™s Dhruva Natchathiram. Director Rajeshâ€™s last film was with Kamal Haasan for Thoongaa Vanam.
Earlier, there were unconfirmed rumours that this project could be a Tamil remake of the Hollywood thriller Donâ€™t Breathe. It was also reported that Pooja Kumar of the Vishwaroopam series is playing a crucial role in the film.