Actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva has begun shooting for his latest Tamil project Charlie Chaplin 2, a sequel to his own film Charlie Chaplin which released a decade ago. It was rumoured that the project will be a remake of the original; however, the makers have officially clarified that it will be a sequel and even confirmed that the film went on floors on Thursday in Goa. Apparently, Prabhudheva will commence work on Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3, which he will direct, after wrapping up this project by this year-end.
The team has been toying with the idea of a sequel for some time now and finally started the pre-production work a few weeks ago. While initially Tanya Ravichandran and Nikki Galrani were being considered for the lead roles, the makers eventually ended up signing Adah Sharma, who will be making her Kollywood debut. The project is being bankrolled by T Siva of Amma Creations. Music director Amresh, who rose to fame with Motta Siva Ketta Siva, will be scoring the tunes for this movie. The first part featured Prabhudheva, Prabhu, Abirami and Gayathri Raghuram in the lead roles. Following its success, it was remade in six languages.
On the career front, Prabhudheva has wrapped up shooting for Karthik Subbaraj’s silent film Mercury. He also finished shooting for two other Tamil projects Eng Mung Sung and Gulebakavali, which has been confirmed to release for Pongal 2018. In Eng Mung Sung, he plays a martial arts artiste and he underwent a crash course in China to learn the popular form of fighting.
Amidst his other assignments, he was supposed to direct a film called Karuppu Raja Vella Raja and it was launched with Vishal, Karthi and Sayyeshaa in the lead. The film has been written by late Tamil writer-filmmaker Subash, best for helming Vijayakanth-starrer Sathriyan and penning the story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express. At the launch of the film in April, Prabhudheva had told reporters that he would like to dedicate the film to his late friend Subash. For reasons unknown, the film has been put on the back-burner. There are also rumours that Prabhudheva might work on a sequel to director Vijay’s Devi. While the project might not take off immediately, it is quite possible that the director-actor duo might collaborate next year. In fact, the ending of Devi suggested that a sequel is in the offing.