Filmmaker Kasthuri Raja, who was instrumental in launching his son Dhanush’s career with the film Thulluvadho Ilamai, is all set to return to direction after a decade. His last directorial project was the 2006 film Idhu Kadhal Varum Paruvam. The veteran director’s next project is titled Paandi Muni and will feature Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff as one of the leads. According to a TOI report, Jackie will be seen playing an Aghori sadhu. The film also stars Nikesha Patel and Meghali in crucial roles.
“This is a role that Jackie Shroff has probably never done before in his career – that of an Aghori. The film is set against the backdrop of a jameen family and revolves around Jackie and Meghali’s characters; it’s a war between God and the ghost. The actor had loved the narration and was quite thrilled about his character and the challenges it involves. He will be in Chennai for the official announcement of the project,” a source associated with the film said.
The source added, “The film will be shot in Kurangani, Javadhu Hills (near Thiruvannamalai), Malaysia and Thailand.”
Expected to go on the floors within 10 days, Madhu Ambat will be handling the cinematography and Srikanth Deva will be scoring the music for the film.
Jackie was last seen in the Tamil thriller Maayavan, in which he played the antagonist. The actor also reportedly plays the main antagonist in Prabhas’ Sahoo. Best remembered for his role as a gangster in national award winning Tamil film Aaranya Kaandam, Jackie is expected to commence shooting for Paandi Muni from later this month.
At the launch of the film earlier this week in Chennai, the Bollywood actor said he was really excited about playing a very different character. He added that his look will be highly spoken about and it is the kind of role that will challenge and push him out of his comfort zone.
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