The highly anticipated action-comedy movie ‘Doctor’ has just released for streaming and fans are loving the villainous performance of Vinay Rai as Terry.
The ‘Doctor’ movie was originally scheduled to premiere in late 2020 but like countless cinema projects around the world, had to be delayed because of the lockdown restrictions implemented in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Release dates were then set for March, April and May of this year, but the movie experienced delay and delay each time; with the production team refuting rumours that Doctor would opt to launch straight on streaming platforms.
Finally, after more than one year of rumours and speculation, Doctor premiered in theatres on October 9th and this week, launched on OTT streaming platforms around the world.
However, fans can’t seem to get enough of one specific character; the terrifying human trafficker Terry, portrayed by Vinay Rai.
Doctor releases on Netflix and Sun TV…
Whilst millions of people enjoyed watching Doctor in theatres, not every fan was able to make it to a cinema. Thankfully, it wasn’t too long before reports of the OTT streaming release began circulating on social media.
The satellite television broadcasting rights were purchased by Sun TV, with the movie premiering at 6:30 PM India Standard Time on Thursday, November 4th.
Doctor was then launched worldwide through the Sun NXT and Netflix streaming platforms on November 5th – see here for a more detailed breakdown.
Vinay Rai captures the villainous attention…
The main plot of Doctor puts the incredibly talented Sivakarthikeyan as Dr Varun against the equally-brilliant Vinay Rai as Terry.
Terry is a human trafficker and leader of a vicious gang, who was the person that originally acquired the container that housed the kidnapped girls.
The portrayal of any type of seedy gangster-like character can be the make-or-break for a film like Doctor and thankfully, Rai makes Terry one of the most memorable villains in recent Indian cinema history.
Ruthless, cruel and cold-blooded, Vinay Rai’s performance adds to the tension created by the solid screenwriting and directing… to be honest, he’s a downright scary character.
It is certainly a career-defining portrayal by Rai and a performance that is being praised by fans around the world. One user on Twitter said that “Vinay Rai as the antagonist is just fab” whilst another added that the actor “was looking good and powerful in the villain role.”
However, it appears that Rai himself benefited from filming Doctor with such a star-studded cast.
“Absolute fan moment. Got to work with this great guy @milindrunning in the movie #Doctor. Been a fan of his ever since my school days. Thanks @Nelsondilpkumar @Siva_Kartikeyan @kjr_studios for this experience. Looking forward to working again with you buddy.” – Vinay Rai, via Twitter.
What has Vinay Rai been in before Doctor?
Vinay was originally a commercial model in Mumbai and was a rugby player for the Bangalore Rugby Football Club – even touring Bahrain in 2001.
The 42-year-old made his acting debut in 2007 in the hit movie Unnale Unnale, before making his Telugu debut in Vaana (2008) and Hollywood debut in Dam 999 (2011).
Other notable roles include Aranmanai (2014), Thupparivaalan (2017), Aayirathil Iruvar (2017) and Nethraa (2019).
Rai will also feature in the highly anticipated 2022 movie Etharkkum Thunindhaven, which is currently filming in Chennai and Goa.
You can follow him on Instagram @vinayrai79.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]