After Nana Patekar in Kaala, another Bollywood actor is most likely to be pitted against superstar Rajinikanth in his upcoming yet-untitled project with Karthik Subbaraj. If the industry grapevine is anything to go by, Karthik is said to have met and pitched the story to Nawazuddin while promoting his film Mercury in Mumbai last week. But, the Gangs of Wasseypur star did not give them his nod.
However, Nawazuddinâ€™s manager has denied the reports. Nawazuddinâ€™s manager reportedly told the Indian Express, â€śIf it was true it would be great, but no, there is nothing like this happening.â€ť Notably, Vijay Sethupathi was also reported as one of the actors in the mix.
On teaming up with Rajinikanth, Subbaraj said in a chat with Sun TV recently: â€śEven though Iâ€™ve made four films in my career so far, I grew fascinated towards cinema because of superstar Rajinikanth sir. To get to direct him is the best moment of my life,â€ť Subbaraj said, adding that the project will go floors in next two months and will be wrapped up this year itself.
Asked if the project will be as ambitious as Sun Pictures produced Enthiran in terms of scale, Subbaraj said his film will be quite different from Enthiran. â€śItâ€™ll be a proper Rajini film,â€ť he said.
He also sees collaborating with the Superstar will come with its set of expectations and responsibilities. â€śI see it as an enjoyable challenge,â€ť he added. Anirudh Ravichander has been finalised to compose music.
The film will go on floors post Kaala's release. A source close to Karthik adds, â€śIt will be a pucca Superstar film with all the necessary mass elements.â€ť
Rajinikanth currently awaits the release of Kaala, which has been directed by Pa Ranjith and itâ€™s his second-time collaboration with the Superstar after Kabali. The film is believed to revolve around the lives of oppressed Tamils in Mumbai and their fight for equality.
Produced by Dhanush, Kaala also stars Nana Patekar, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Huma Qureshi and Samuthirakani in pivotal roles. Shankarâ€™s 2.0, a sequel to Enthiran, was supposed to originally hit the screens on April 27. The release of the magnum opus, rumoured to be made on a lavish budget of Rs 450 crore, has been deferred once again owing to high VFX work.
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