Copy Cats of Maattrraan - 2012 is the year of Conjoined Twins
Ever since the news leaked about Suriya playing the role of conjoined twins in Maattrraan, many small Tamil movies quickly began shooting a movie with the same theme. Maattrraan started the first schedule last year in July 2011 and has taken one year to complete due to extensive visual effects. In the meantime, many impostors such as Priya Mani's Charulatha started shooting a few months back in April 2012. Another one is Iruvan with some unknown actors started their shoot only after the teaser release of Maattrraan. The question asked by many fans is why Tamil films have suddenly gone bonkers over the idea of conjoined twins only after Maattrraan's story leaked to the public.
Copycat Syndrome in Tamil Cinema
This copycat syndrome going on in Tamil cinema caught the attention of fans as it exposed the dirty side of Tamil Cinema. Such copycat syndromes have always been quite common when ever a big movie begins their shooting in Tamil Industry. There is an underground network which tries to steal the story from the unit workers so they can sell this information to small producers looking for quick returns. This phenomena has become more obvious in the case of Maattrraan because of the catchy theme of conjoined twins. Hence, the reason why big projects such as Maattrraan that explore new themes are extremely secretive about their projects and do not let cell phones nor visitors to the shooting spot.
Bragging Rights for the first movie about Conjoined Twins
Interestingly, all these copycat movies trying to mimic Suriya's Maattrraan are keen on claiming the bragging rights of their movie being the first ever about Conjoined Twins in India (conveniently ignoring that a Malayalam movie, Siamese Irattakal about conjoined twins released in late 90s).
Small Producers and mediators negotiate with Big Producers
Another important reason quoted for this sudden flood of movies is because the primary goal of these small movies is usually not to make successful movies. These small movies send mediators to big producers to strike a deal. The real intention is to extort money from the big producers who may compromise in order to protect their multi-crore investments.
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