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The Diwali Showdown

Diwali (or Deepavali) is a busy time for the Indian film industry, and 2011 is no different. The most highly-anticipated movie up in Bollywood is, of course, Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One, whilst down South, the Tamil film fans are eagerly anticipating Vijay’s Velayudham and Suriya’s 7am Arivu.
Here’s a quick rundown of the big three Diwali releases and what we can expect:
Velayudham
Starring Vijay, Hansika Motwani, Genelia D’Souza
DirectionM. Raja
MusicVijay Antony
The story is said to be…about a villager who tries to get revenge on a company that scammed him and took all the money he had saved for his sister’s wedding.
Judging by the trailer…it’s just like every other Vijay film. Lots of action, some koothu songs, pretty girls and punch dialogues (in this case, something comparing the sweat of a hardworker to a mother’s milk). 
The film got into trouble because…the promotional posters for Velayutham were almost direct copies of the posters for the game "Assassin’s Creed" [see the last 2 images in the gallery above]. It is also said to be a remake of Telugu film Azad, which the director has denied.
Worth a watch? I doubt it’s going to be hard-hitting, really-make-you-think cinema. If, however, you’re looking for style over substance (using ‘style’ in the loosest sense possible), with 3 hours of cars exploding and cameras zooming in and out more times than you can blink, then go for it. Also watch if, like me, a part of you is curious to see whether Vijay’s character ends up with Hansika or Genelia (I hate that part of me).