After 30 years, a silent film is being made in Indian cinema. Titled Mercury and starring 'Indian Michael Jackson' Prabhu Deva in the lead role, Mercury will not have any dialogues and will be releasing in multiple languages.
Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, Mercury tells the story of a bunch of vulnerable individuals running for their lives at a mysterious laboratory of sorts. The film’s trailer was launched on April 9 and is getting positive reviews from moviegoers as it sends chills down your spine.
The trailer kick starts with a spooky background score and at the end, we see a bloody Prabhu Deva full of rage, in what looks like a person possessed. The movie also features Sananth Reddy, Deepak Parmesh, Shashank Puroshotham, Anish Padmanabhan, Indhuja Ravishandran, Gajaraj SP and Remya Nambeesan in important roles and showed excellent performances in the trailer.
Here are five things from the Mercury trailer which we feel will pull the crowd towards the theatres.
1) Silent film: There are several advantages of doing a silent film. First, it can be released in multiple languages. Also, it instantly strikes a chord with audiences from different generations. It promises a unique movie-watching experience, especially for the millennials.
2) Soundtrack: When the movie is a thriller with no dialogues, the soundtrack plays a vital role in shaping the viewers’ experience of watching the film. Going by the Mercury trailer, music director Santhosh Narayanan and sound designer Kunal Rajan seem to have come up with some top-notch music and scores for the project.
3) Storyline: Mercury follows the ordeal of five friends, who find themselves in the wrong place in Kodaikanal, which is occupied by an evil villain played by Prabhu Deva. According to reports, the whole horror unfolds at a godforbidden estate, where 84 people had died due to mercury poisoning.
4) Prabhu Deva: The actor looks fearsome and is ideal for the character he portrays in the movie. He looks more like a zombie and less like a demon or a vampire. At the end of the trailer, he is sure to freak you out.
5) Visuals and cinematography: The whole movie is being presented in a specific colour palette, which are shades of dark blue and green, which gives a haunted feeling.
‘Mercury' is jointly produced by Stone Bench Films and Pen Movies and is scheduled for a worldwide release on April 13. However, the film will not release in Tamil Nadu, owing to the ongoing Kollywood strike.