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Rajinikanth back in Chennai after a short US trip, to resume Kaala shoot

The 67-year-old Tamil superstar, Rajinikanth, had left to the US on June 25 after wrapping up the first schedule of Kaala in Mumbai and returned to Chennai on July 10.

regional movies Updated: Jul 31, 2017 15:46 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Rajinikanth went to the US for a routine medical checkup.

Superstar Rajinikanth is back from a short US trip. He had gone there for a regular medical checkup and on holiday. The 67-year-old had left to US on June 25 after wrapping up the first schedule of Kaala in Mumbai and returned to Chennai on July 10. Sources close to him have confirmed he is absolutely fine and there is nothing to worry about his health.

In Kaala, being produced by Dhanush, superstar plays a slum-lord-turned-gangster and he will also have lines in Hindi and Marathi. The film is tipped to be made as a Tamil-Hindi bilingual and will also be dubbed in Telugu. The project marks the reunion of director Pa. Ranjith with Rajinikanth after Kabali, and it is believed that Kaala revolves around the lives of oppressed Tamils in Mumbai and their fight for equality. Important sequences of the film will be shot from next week in Chennai’s schedule where the makers have erected a set of Dharavi set on a budget of over a crore. Santhosh Narayana is scoring the music, while national award-winning Sreekar Prasad will take care of editing.

As the film has been mostly shot against the backdrop of Mumbai, the makers have decided to simultaneously shoot the film in Hindi. If not every scene, those featuring Rajinikanth and some key supporting cast will be shot in Hindi. Unlike Kabali, the film won’t be dubbed in Hindi and Rajinikanth is expected to mouth his lines in Hindi and in Marathi at some key junctures. Also starring Nana Patekar as a politician and Pankaj Tripathi as a cop, the film also features Anjali Patil and Samuthirakani.

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First Published: Jul 13, 2017 15:35 IST