Prabhu Deva in a film without dialogue or dance

Choreographer, actor and director Prabhu Deva’s masterful footwork has featured in almost all his films. But in his latest venture Mercury, there is no dialogue, leave alone dancing. This is what made him the right fit for the silent thriller, according to filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj.

Written and directed by Subbaraj, Mercury stars Prabhu Deva, Sanath Reddy, Deepak Paramesh, Indhuja and Remya Nambeesan. “I wanted somebody unique and wanted someone who hadn’t done anything like this before and Prabhu Deva sir was the right person,” Subbaraj said at a press event in Mumbai on Tuesday. “He was out of this zone since there is no song or dancing in the film.” The dialogue-free film will be released on April 13.

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The film is loosely based on the 2001 mercury poisoning case at a thermometer factory in Tamil Nadu. Around 600 workers were exposed to toxic mercury vapours at the Hindustan Unilever factory in Kodaikanal. The plant has since been shut down. “The film speaks about big corporate companies exploiting small towns,” Subbaraj said. “There was a thermometer factory in Kodaikanal where they dumped mercury into the river and that affected a lot of people.”

Mercury (2018). Image credit: Stone Bench Films/Pen Studios.

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