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Three young directors are vying to direct Rajinikanth next

Karthik Subbaraj, Atlee and Arun Prabhu Purushothaman are the three young and talented directors who wan to work with Rajinikanth before he signs off.

regional movies Updated: Feb 19, 2018 09:10 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Karthik Subbaraj,Rajinikanth,Pa Ranjith
Rajinikanth has two releases coming up -- Pa Ranjith’s Kaala and Shankar’s 2.0.(AFP)

It has already been reported that superstar Rajinikanth is most likely to team up with Pa Ranjith once again after Kaala for a political drama before bidding adieu to cinema and shifting focus to a career in politics. According to the industry grapevine, three well-known young directors --Karthik Subbaraj (Jigarthanda and Iraivi), Atlee (Mersal) and Aruvi fame Arun Prabhu Purushothaman - have pitched story ideas to Thalaivar and have expressed their interest to work with him. However, the 67-year-old hasn’t given his nod yet to any of the three as he’s not sure about signing any new film commitments. More clarity can be expected after the release of Kaala, in which Rajinikanth plays a slum lord turned gangster.

Confirmed to hit the screens on April 27, Kaala has been directed by Pa Ranjith and it’s his second time collaboration with the superstar after Kabali. The film is believed to revolve around the lives of oppressed Tamils in Mumbai and their fight for equality. Produced by Dhanush, the film also stars Nana Patekar, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Huma Qureshi and Samuthirakani in pivotal roles. It will have a simultaneous release in Telugu along with the Tamil version. Some rumours hint that the project might also be released in Hindi as it has dialogues in Hindi and Marathi since it’s predominantly shot in Mumbai.

Shankar’s 2.0, a sequel to Enthiran, was supposed to originally hit the screens on April 27. The release of the magnum opus, rumoured to be made on a lavish budget of Rs 450 crore, has been deferred once again owing to high VFX work. As many as eleven studios from across the globe are currently working on the visual effects. At the film’s audio launch in Dubai, VFX supervisor Srinivas Mohan said that 2.0 is undoubtedly the most challenging project he ever worked on.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2018 09:05 IST