Apparently, Kamal's Indian 2 will be produced by Lyca Productions, and not Dil Raju, according to sources.
The highly anticipated sequel to Kamal Haasan's Indian, which released over two decades ago, was officially announced at the grand finale of Tamil reality show Bigg Boss which marked Kamal's television debut. The project marks the reunion of Kamal and Shankar after a long hiatus and the latter had said that it's been his long time desire to make Indian 2 and that it couldn't have happened at a better time. The film was announced as a bilingual to be made in Tamil and Telugu in the production of popular producer Dil Raju. In a latest turn of events, it has been learnt that the project has been taken over by Lyca Productions since the producer of the original, AM Rathnam, is claiming royalty for the title.
A source said that Rathnam who owns the title wants to be compensated for going ahead with the project without his consent. Since he is not ready to negotiare, Raju was left with no option but to exit the project. It is believed that Lyca Productions, who are currently bankrolling 2.0, are set to take over reins of Indian 2 and negotiations are already underway. It is rumoured that a final call on Lyca's involvement will be taken in the coming weeks.
Indian 2 is slated to go on the floors next year and it will mark the return of Kamal as the freedom fighter turned vigilante Senapathy, the role which the actor popularised as Indian thatha. Apparently, Kamal will shed weight for the role and a special trainer will be flown down from the US to help him achieve the goal. He will start the weight loss program from November, according to a reliable source from the film's unit. The principal shooting of Indian 2 will only begin after the release of 2.0, slated to hit the screens in January 2018.
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