Last year's Telugu period action film Baahubali broke every box office record in the book upon its release. This year it looks like the Tamil film industry is trying to get in on the act with the pending release of Kaashmora, an action film set across multiple time periods.
The new film stars Karthi, an action star in Tamil Nadu's Kollywood film industry with past films like Alex Pandian and Paruthiveeran under his belt. In Kaashmora, Karthi takes on a new look that veers away from the more matinee-idol image he's maintained so far. Head shaved, and with full beard, Karthi looks ready to kick some butt and take some names. He's joined in Kaashmora by Nayathara, one of Kollywood biggest actresses, in a role that definitely appears to allow her to stretch a bit based upon the attitude she's throwing off in this trailer. Kollywood films are not particularly good at putting women in lead roles, and this certainly feels like it's Karthi's film, but Nayanthara is as close to a leading woman as the industry has, and I'm hoping she gets something substantial to do in the film.
Kaashmora looks like a big ball of fun, though its apparent reliance on digital FX to create the historical portion of the film is a bit worrying. Indian FX work has not quite caught up with that of the work in the west, and so I'll take this trailer with a grain of salt until I see the film on the big screen. Fingers crossed that it doesn't take me out of the experience, because otherwise it looks like a lot of fun.
Kashmora is set to release on October 28th, this Diwali, worldwide.