Sivakarthikeyan, who is gearing up for the release of M. Rajesh’s Mr. Local, is signing films left, right and centre. In a span of two months, he has signed two new projects and has two more films in the pipeline, according to the industry grapevine. On Wednesday, his next project with PS Mithran was officially titled Hero and had its soft launch. Last week, it was announced that Siva will join hands with director Pandiraj, with whom he has already worked in Marina and Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, for a yet-untitled project in Sun Pictures production.
The latest update is that Aishwarya Rajesh, who is basking in the success of Sivakarthikeyan-produced Kanaa, will team up as his pair in Pandiraj’s film. Apparently, Pandiraj wanted to rope in Aishwarya as he felt she’s both talented and fits the bill as the character in this rural romantic drama. If everything goes as planned, this film will go on the floors from June or July. Meanwhile, Siva will complete shooting for PS Mithran’s Hero, which marks the Tamil debut of Kalyani Priyadarshan.
Sivakarthikeyan, who also has a project with director Siva of Viswasam fame, is currently on the verge of completing shooting for his next science-fiction comedy with director Ravikumar. Rumoured to be an alien invasion comedy, the film also stars Rakul Preet Singh who will be teaming up with Siva for the first time. Going by his line-up of films, Siva might end up having three releases this year. His Mr. Local, in which he reunites with Nayanthara after Velaikkaran, has been confirmed to hit the screens on May 1. Mithran’s Hero could be the second release of the year for Siva.
Meanwhile, there was a buzz that a trilingual project in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu starring Vijay Devarakonda was titled Hero, and Sivakarthikeyan's next movie bankrolled by KJR Studios has also been titled Hero. Following this, the TN Film Producer’s Council (TFPC) has issued a official press statement that the title belongs to KJR Studios. Meanwhile, the makers of Vijay Devarakonda's film have produced proof of the receipt registering the title with the TFPC on July 5, 2017.
SS Durairaj, the secretary of the TFPC, who has issued the letter in support of KJR Studios, told Cinemaexpress, "The council will issue an official response after reviewing the documents and consulting with both the parties."
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