March 1, 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 head of high-octane motion sequences, with Vijay in ferocious and, in fact, his “badass” mode.

Although the singles crafted by Anirudh and the newest trailer have left a long-lasting impression, which is clearly sufficient to magnet the viewers to large screens, there may be 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, now we have 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 entire persona. The promo video with Anirudh’s music, the protagonist’s character presentation, and all just isn’t 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 brand on them. The identical brand and all of the bag issues additionally appeared in Kaithi (2018) and Vikram (2022); the truth is, in each movies, the emblem is embedded on a drug-contained package deal, however in Leo, it’s on a chocolate or cocoa bean-filled bag.

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There’s additionally a motive behind it, however earlier than that, now we have 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, principally a sword, however let’s preserve it apart for a second.

To reply this, now we have 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 massive baddie working the entire syndicate is Rolex, performed by Suriya. Some followers additionally take into account a scorpion as Rolex’s brand 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 brand on the cocoa bag.

One other issue is that Vasanthi, the actor who performed the function of Agent Tina in Vikram, was additionally noticed with the Leo staff whereas filming was happening in Kashmir. In a nutshell, the point out of scorpion brand 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 identify. The movie featured Viggo Mortensen, J. C. Spink, Ed Harris, and William Damage. 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 biggest 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), knowledgeable 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, along with his spouse and youngsters. One fateful day, he kills two robbers who had been trying to rob the restaurant. This incident labels Tom as a hero of the city, nevertheless it additionally reveals his violent previous and his reference to the Irish mob.

The same story could be seen within the Leo trailer, the place Vijay’s character seems in the identical situation. 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 reveals 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 in regards to 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 primarily based 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 method. Allow them to watch it with a recent thoughts. I’ll focus on all these items publish the discharge.”

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

Preserving 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 overwhelmed by goons, however with a protracted, deep breath, he unleashes the outdated beast hidden inside him. This might be the second for Vijay’s Leo, which was for Rajinikanth’s Baashha.

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

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