Filmmaker Priyadarshan and actor Udhayanidhi Stalin are joining hands for the yet-untitled Tamil remake of Malayalam blockbuster Maheshinte Prathikaaram, which starred Fahadh Faasil in the lead. Slated to go on the floors very soon, the makers are busy finalising the rest of the cast and crew. It is believed that national award-winning actor-filmmaker Samuthirakani, basking in the recent success of films such as Appa and Thondan, has landed a key role in the film. Reliable sources claim that he is most likely to play the antagonist, but he is yet to officially sign on the dotted line.
â€śHe has been approached by Priyan sir but he is yet to take a call as he is busy with other commitments. He is currently shooting for Rajinikanthâ€™s Kaala, and he has set aside nearly 45 days for the project. He wants to be sure before he signs the project,â€ť a source said.
Priyan and Samuthirakani had worked together in last yearâ€™s blockbuster Oppam, and the former was really pleased with the Visaaranai actorâ€™s work. Even the critics and audiences were pleased with Samuthirakani, who played the baddie in the film.
Talking about why he chose to work with Udhay, Priyan told Deccan Chronicle, â€śThe film is a comedy drama and Udhay was my first choice for the central character. I am very confident that he would pull it off.â€ť The original, which even bagged a National award, was based on the popular real-life personality Thampan Purushan, a native of Thuravoor in Kerala.
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