Rajinikanth to team with KS Ravikumar, Shankar again

The Superstar is gearing up for his next after Kochadaiiyaan

While the world waits eagerly for April 11, the day on which India’s first motion capture film Kochadaiiyaan will be unleashed on the world in six languages, our spry 63-year-old Superstar Rajinikanth is already looking ahead. His next film, much to the relief of his fans, will be live action and will see Thalaivar in a double role. KS Ravikumar, who directed Rajinikanth in superhits like Muthu and Padayappa, will be at the helm of affairs. The lucky producer is the Kannada industry’s prolific Rockline Venkatesh. Kannada megastar Kiccha Sudeep, known for his villainous turn in Eega, also known as Makkhi, Naan Ee, Eecha etc, has been handpicked by Rajinikanth to be the main villain of the piece. It may be recalled that Amitabh Bachchan was offered the villain’s role, eventually played by Danny Denzongpa in Enthiran/Robot, but Rajini advised him to turn it down.

The film will commence shooting shortly after the Kochadaiiyaan release and will be a start to finish quickie. Fans will be delighted to know that it will be like a vintage Rajini film of yore with all the crowd-pleasing masala elements. And, fans will be enthralled with the knowledge that once Rajinikanth finishes his KS Ravikumar film, he will appear in a sequel to Shankar’s mega hit Enthiran/Robot. Shankar is currently busy with Cheeyan Vikram and Amy Jackson starrer Ai that promises to outdo the visual effects benchmarks set by Enthiran/Robot. He has reteamed with Hollywood veteran Mary Vogt and is getting the VFX done at Peter Jackson’s Weta studio in New Zealand.

The other Tamil megastar Kamal Haasan also has a new project. Uthama Villain, to be directed by Ramesh Aravind, will see Ulaganayagan in a double role, alongside Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah. Directors K. Balachander and K. Vishwanath will also don the greasepaint for the film. Kamal plays a modern day film star who, in the film within a film, will play an 8th century folk artist.

The producers have announced a December 25 release date for Uthama Villain. This means that Aamir Khan’s P.K. and Ranbir Kapoor’s Bombay Velvet, also scheduled to release on Christmas Day, will be firmly relegated to the back seat for all of South India and for South Indians and Kamal fans worldwide.