The 1988 film saw Rajini playing an absent-minded professor who forgets to wear his veshti when going out.

Ghajinikanth poster Arya mirrors Rajini from Dharmathin Thalaivan
Flix Kollywood Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:16

Ahead of Rajinikanth's birthday on Tuesday, actor Suriya released the first look of Ghajinikanth, starring Arya in the lead role. Incidentally, December 11 is Arya's birthday.

The poster shows the actor wearing a formal shirt and thundu but the veshti is missing! The look mirrors a hilarious sequence from Rajini's 1988 film Dharmathin Thalaivan in which the superstar played an absent-minded professor. He's so forgetful that one day, he goes to college without wearing his veshti and doesn't understand why everyone around him is smiling and laughing so much.

When he finally realises his gaffe, he rushes home, only to be asked by his father-in-law why he didn't think of covering himself with the thundu. "I forgot that also!" says the professor sheepishly.

Dharmathin Thalaivan had Prabhu playing Rajini's hot-headed younger brother. Rajini plays a dual role in the film, one as the mild-mannered professor married to Sumathi (Suhaasini) and another as a wanted criminal. Khushboo played Prabhu's girlfriend in the film.

Ghajinikanth, of course, also refers to the Suriya starrer Ghajini, which was about a man who suffers from short-term memory loss. The 2005 thriller directed by AR Murugadoss was heavily 'inspired' by Memento. The film, which also starred Asin and Nayanthara, went on to become a blockbuster. It was remade with Aamir Khan in the lead role in 2008.

Ghajinikanth is being directed by Santosh P Jayakumar who made his debut with the adult comedy Hara Hara Mahadevaki a few months ago.

Actor Sayeshaa is expected to play the female lead.

Arya was in the news recently after he uploaded a video which said he was looking for a bride and that interested women could apply. There is still speculation on whether the actor is really looking to marry someone or if it's all part of a reality TV show.

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