Review and Highlights of Maattrraan Teaser 2
Maatraan's second teaser was released along with the music release in Singapore on August 9th. It appears that the purpose of the first teaser was to get the audience used to the idea of Suriya playing conjoined twins. While, the second teaser reveals a different aspect of the movie by showing Russian army, Bazookas, stunt sequences fitting a big budget movie. The second teaser showed the separated Suriyas in action showing there is much more than the conjoined twins. The fast cuts with action packed scenes is set against the club song track Theeye Theeye. The concept of conjoined twins doing fight sequence was established with some split-second close up shots showing twisting of connective tissues.
Director's Self-Deprecating Humor
Another much discussed aspect of the trailer that is received well is the self deprecating humor seen in all the KV Anand's movies. In the second teaser, the last scene shows one of the conjoined Suriyas saying "indha director yaaravadhu setha, paatu pottuduvaaru" with obvious reference to Venpaniye song from Ko shown right after the director name flashes on screen. Similarly in Ko, there is a scene where Piaa is shown yelling at a director over the phone that she can not give more than 1/2 star for Ayan. Tracing back to Ayan, there is a scene showing a mysterious director in a car making visits to Burma Bazaar asking Suriya for good English movies. There is a pattern clearly of KV Anand taking a dig at himself in all his movies -- this pattern is similar to directors who make short cameo/"you blink, you'll miss" type appearances in their movies.
Overall, Maattrraan second teaser will not make as big a splash as Billa 2's first teaser, which has become a benchmark for Tamil movie teasers. At the same time, the credit should be given to Maattrraan second teaser for calibrating the audience expectations accordingly. This teaser probably was also aimed at putting some simmering questions to rest such as the pre-conceived write-up published by popular weekly, Kumudam, which may have falsely accused Maattrraan as a remake/copy of Hollywood/Thai movies.