At a time when the state of Tamil Nadu is expecting an announcement from actor Kamal Haasan on his plunge into politics, to wipe out the 'corruption' he has been staring, the Bigg Boss Host seems to have decided to deal with the malice in the reel world first. Kamal is all set to join hands with director Shankar for the sequel of their 1996 movie - Indian.
An announcement about the movie was reportedly made in the finale of Bigg Boss show. Both director Shankar and producer Dil Raju who will be bank rolling the project were at the event on Sunday. A picture of the three celebrities on the show is doing the rounds on social networking sites.
A tweet from the official handle of the production house, Sri Venkateswara Creations, reads, â€śDelighted to be associated with two stalwarts of Indian Cinema @ikamalhaasan and @shankarshanmugh for the prestigious project #Indian2.â€ť
The sequel will reportedly be made on a whopping budget of Rs 180 crore and it will be bilingual. It is set to be made in Tamil, Telugu and dubbed into other languages.
Indian is a vigilante crime thriller film in which Kamal Haasan played a dual role. The movie followed the life of an elderly man named Senapathy who fights corruption. He takes to murdering government officials who demand bribe, including his own son. At the end of the film, he manages to escape the police and leaves leaves the country. He sends a message that he would be back when the situation demands. The epilogue was a clear indication that someday, the movie's bosses would plan for its sequel.
At the time of its release it had become the highest grossing Tamil film until it was surpassed by Padayappa, three years later. It was also nominated by India as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 1996 Academy Awards.It was dubbed in Hindi as 'Hindustani'. The film won three National awards, including best actor, best art direction, and best special effects.
The actor's decision to work on a film which addresses the matter of graft has come under scrutiny, considering that he has made his political ambitions clear. He recently even met Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal whose political outfit rose to power based on the anti-corruption plank. While Kamal is yet to declare if he is joining a party or floating his own, he did mention on Bigg Boss that, "The show has got 76 crore votes. I hope you will give me at least a portion of this and I'll come later to ask."
(With inputs from Digital Native)