Lokesh Kanagaraj made a splash with Maanagaram, a thriller set in Chennai, which released earlier this year and won over audiences and critics alike. With glowing reviews and highly positive word-of-mouth, the film succeeded at the box-office. Even before the film could complete its theatrical run, Lokesh committed to doing another film for Dream Warrior Pictures, the makers of Maanagaram, and it was believed that he will team up with Karthi. A year after this report made the headlines, the project was officially launched on Wednesday and it is said to be an action thriller.
Dubbed as Karthi 18, the film had its formal launch in the presence of Karthi, Lokesh and the producers. Talking to Times of India, Lokesh said: â€śKarthi does have a romantic interest in this film, but this character will not be on screen. However, audiences will not feel the absence of the heroine. It is an out-and-out action thriller, and will be intense and emotional.â€ť He also went on to add that 70% of the film will be shot in and around Chennai and Tirunelveli. The project also stars Narain, Dheena and George Mariyan in important roles. Sam CS has been roped in to compose music.
Karthi, who registered his careerâ€™s biggest hit Kadaikutty Singam this year, currently awaits the release of Dev, which has been directed by debutant Rajath Ravishankar. Dev is being bankrolled by Prince Pictures and Reliance Entertainment. Actors such as Ramya Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Amrutha and R.J Vignesh are playing pivotal roles. Veteran actor Karthik, last seen in Mr. Chandramouli, will be seen playing a cameo. Harris Jayaraj has been roped in to compose music. The film is believed to be made on a budget of Rs 55 crore.
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