June 13, 2024

INDIA: Mr. Leo Das is a badass! Just a few days are left till the arrival of Thalapathy Vijay starrer Leo, and with every passing second, the hype for the Lokesh Kanagarj-directed Tamil movie is doubling. The trailer itself was the top of high-octane motion sequences, with Vijay in ferocious and, in fact, his “badass” mode.

Although the singles crafted by Anirudh and the most recent trailer have left a long-lasting impression, which is clearly sufficient to magnet the viewers to huge screens, there’s nonetheless a debate amongst followers over whether or not it’s a part of Lokesh Cinematic Universe (LCU) or a solo movie. Some additionally identified from the clip that the story shares a similarity with David Cronenberg’s “A Historical past of Violence.”

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Given the speculations about Leo’s reference to LCU and its resemblance to A Historical past of Violence, right here’s an in depth evaluation of what to anticipate from the movie.

Is Leo a part of LCU?

Coming again to the purpose of Leo being part of LCU, we have now to look again on the Bloody Candy Promo launched in February.

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The clip crafts the lore of the Lokesh Kanagaraj-directed movie with the visible storytelling of Vijay’s character and Anirudh’s BGM describing his complete persona. The promo video with Anirudh’s music, the protagonist’s character presentation, and all shouldn’t be new for Kanagaraj. Earlier, he did the identical with Kamal Hassan’s Vikram.

One other level that grabs our consideration that solely eagle-eyed followers noticed within the promo clip is the luggage with a scorpion emblem on them. The identical emblem and all of the bag issues additionally appeared in Kaithi (2018) and Vikram (2022); the truth is, in each movies, the brand is embedded on a drug-contained bundle, however in Leo, it’s on a chocolate or cocoa bean-filled bag.

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There may be additionally a purpose behind it, however earlier than that, we have now to query one factor: why does Lokesh image Leo Das as a baker, and that too, particularly making chocolate merchandise? Sure, he has additionally proven Leo whereas forging steel, mainly a sword, however let’s maintain it apart for a second.

To reply this, we have now to take a look at Vikram, the place the drug cocaine is the entire crux of the story, and equally in Kaithi too. Each movies revolved round drug busts and the drug mafia. In Vikram, it’s clear that the large baddie working the entire syndicate is Rolex, performed by Suriya. Some followers additionally think about a scorpion as Rolex’s emblem to model his drug. Particularly, followers have additionally related Vikram with an eagle, Rolex with a scorpion, and Leo with a lion.

The principle constituent used to fabricate cocaine is the leaf of the coca plant (Erythroxylum coca) bush. From the Theobroma cacao plant, cocoa beans are extracted, that are used to make chocolate. Each plant shares similarity anatomically. This, on the entire, clarifies Leo making chocolate and the scorpion emblem on the cocoa bag.

One other issue is that Vasanthi, the actor who performed the position of Agent Tina in Vikram, was additionally noticed with the Leo staff whereas filming was occurring in Kashmir. In a nutshell, the point out of scorpion emblem bag and Agent Tina establishes a connection between Leo and LCU.

Similarity of Leo with ‘A Historical past of Violence’ and ‘Baashha’

That being stated, now comes Leo and its similarity with A Historical past of Violence, which was launched in 2005. The David Cronenberg function was loosely tailored from a 1997 DC graphic novel of the identical title. The movie featured Viggo Mortensen, J. C. Spink, Ed Harris, and William Harm. On its launch, the featurette bagged a great deal of reward and significant acclaim, which additionally included an Oscar nomination for Greatest Supporting Actor and Greatest Tailored Screenplay. It has typically been hailed as “one of many best movies of the 2000s.”

‘Leo’ poster (left) and ‘A Historical past of Violence’ poster (proper). Photograph Credit score: X

The function follows the story of Joey Cusack (Viggo Mortensen), an expert hitman who leaves his violent previous behind and adopts the brand new persona of Tom Stall, a diner residing within the fictional city of Millbrook, Indiana, together with his spouse and youngsters. One fateful day, he kills two robbers who have been making an attempt to rob the restaurant. This incident labels Tom as a hero of the city, but it surely additionally reveals his violent previous and his reference to the Irish mob.

An identical story might be seen within the Leo trailer, the place Vijay’s character seems in the identical state of affairs. As an alternative of a diner, Vijay is a baker and owns a bakery. The Irish mob is changed with Sanjay Dutt as Antony Das and Arjun Sarja as Harold Das, who share a darkish previous with Vijay’s Leo Das. The trailer additionally exhibits the 2 variations of Leo, the place in a single shot he’s younger with quick black hair and within the different, he seems to be in his early 40’s or late 30’s with lengthy peppered hair.

When requested concerning the supply materials behind Leo, Lokesh Kangaraj stated in an interview with Behindwoods, “I’ve been studying about these items from the start. Is that this film based mostly on this or the remake of that? Or whether or not or not Leo is a part of LCU. However, I’ve not answered these questions as a result of I don’t need my responses to disturb the theatrical expertise of the viewers in any manner. Allow them to watch it with a recent thoughts. I’ll talk about all these items submit the discharge.”

Given Kanagaraj’s response to the query, he shunned offering a direct reply and as an alternative stated to attend for the movie’s launch.

Maintaining apart A Historical past of Violence, some followers additionally identified the resemblance between Leo and Celebrity Rajinikanth’s Baashha (1995). The Tamil movie follows the story of Manickmam (Rajinikanth), a rickshaw driver who was as soon as a gangster. One tragic incident triggers his violent outdated self.

We additionally get a selected shot within the trailer the place Leo is crushed by goons, however with an extended, deep breath, he unleashes the outdated beast hidden inside him. This could possibly be the second for Vijay’s Leo, which was for Rajinikanth’s Baashha.

So, from this detailed evaluation, we have now a fundamental concept of what the movie will likely be about. To get a clearer image, we have now to attend for its launch on October 19.

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