Telugu star Pawan Kalyan’s latest film Wakeel Saab started streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Friday. The film’s digital premiere was pushed forward by the filmmakers, as it became redundant to place the film in theaters in view of the raging epidemic.
The film’s dramatic pace was more or less about allowing fans to die of their fanatical love for Pawan Kalyan, who has been missing in action on the big screen for almost three years. And that was complete. Despite the increasing intensity of the second wave of coronovirus, on 9 April the film was packed into homes in Telugu states. And the film was perfectly designed for a theater atmosphere. It is difficult to get hysterical for every line played by Pawan at home alone or with large family members.
Wakeel Saab is a remake of the Hindi film Pink. Director Anirudh Roy Chaudhary and writer Shoojit Sircar, Ritesh Shah would have never imagined that even a cool subject like Pink could be turned into a hero’s habit. It was a thought-provoking film encouraging people to stop seeing the world in black and white. And it was about educating people to respect a girl’s right to reject intimacy, no matter what time and place she was.
Pink focuses on the struggle of three independent girls, played by Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Triang. And the filmmakers had made the male protagonist played by Amitabh Bachchan as dull and depressed as they could. At the end of the film, we finally see Bachchan’s character getting angry and shaking his muscles as he makes his closing arguments in court.
And out of good intentions, and being aware of the importance of the subject related to Pink Tackle, Ajith decided to remake the film in Tamil. For he wanted to use his stardom to amplify a good message. However, it is also a blasphemy not to consider the feelings and expectations of the star’s fan base.
Hence director H.W. Vinoth made some changes to the character of Amitabh Bachchan. Now the character can be persecuted. But, it cannot be physically weak, given that Ajit was now essaying the role. Vinoth gave Ajith’s Bharat Subramaniam a backstory, which Bachchan’s Deepak Sehgal denied to Pink. The story tells us why Bharata turned into a tortured soul and explains his current situation. And of course, the director put an action scene in narration to showcase Bharata’s physical prowess.
Once Vinoth meets the criteria of a big star’s film textbook, in the second half of Nikkoronda Paravai, he respects his loyalty to the original film. Attention returns to the three girls Shraddha Srinath, Abhiramami Venkatachalam and Andrea Triang, and their right to say no. It is important to note that Vinoth did not change the social and cultural background of the three girls in the film. And Ajit goes back to being a dull and depressed lawyer for some time, before he makes a furious speech underlining the phrase: no meaning.
However, Wakeel is set in a different style, tone and universe than Saab Pink and Nirkonda Parvai. The director Venu Sriram places Pawan’s Satyadev, the lawyer, at the center of the film, while the three female characters, who were the heartthrobs of Pink and Nekoronda Parvai, just fall into crisis. He changes the social and cultural backgrounds of female characters to make them more agreeable. In other words, the director feels that the audience should not be completely rooted for women if you make them very independent and strong. They can be independent and fully enjoy our moral support as long as they fall within the scope of the traditional definition of “woman of a respected household”.
Venu Sriram borrows heavily from the character portrayal of Bharata Subramaniam and exposes the heroism unattainably. He completely deviates from Pink, protecting the honor of helpless women by turning its Telugu remake into a traditional hero’s film. He also blames the lines between Pawan Kalyan’s real-life personality and his character. Instead of making a film on women’s rights, it becomes a publicity film, where Pawan promises that he is for women’s rights.