Last seen playing the titular role in Karthik Subbaraj’s silent film Mercury, actor-filmmaker Prabhudeva dons khaki for the first time in his next project with director AC Mugil. Tipped to be a high-octane action flick, the film has been titled Pon Manickavel and its makers announced the title via a poster on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Pon Manickavel is also the name of the Tamil Nadu Inspector General (IG) who shot to fame for arresting idol smugglers in the state. The film’s regular shooting commenced from June 11 in Chennai.
Nivetha Pethuraj, last seen in Jayam Ravi’s Tik Tik Tik, has been roped in to play the leading lady. The film also stars Suresh Menon and veteran filmmaker Mahendran in crucial roles.
Having made a comeback of sorts to acting with 2016 Tamil horror-comedy Devi, Prabhudeva has been on a signing spree. He currently awaits the release of director Vijay’s dance-based film Lakshmi.
In a recent media interaction, talking about his reunion with Vijay in Lakshmi, Prabhudeva said: “My first film with Vijay was Devi, which turned out to be successful. I thoroughly loved the experience of working with him. We wanted to work again and this is when we thought of doing a sequel to Devi, and we almost went ahead with the plan. But Vijay brought the story of Lakshmi and I really liked it.”
Having already starred in dance-based films such as ABCD and ABCD 2, Prabhudeva didn’t want to do another film in the same genre. “When I agreed to do the project, I told Vijay that if we do a dance-based film then it should really stand out. He had a clear vision about what he was doing and he successfully pulled it off. I believe Lakshmi will set a benchmark for dance-based films which are rare in Tamil cinema. The last 25 minutes of the film will be a dance fest, yet it’ll be highly emotional. Having made films that have appealed to all sections of the audiences, Vijay has handled a dance film in a very sensible way. Lakshmi is a film that’ll make audiences laugh, cry and celebrate.”
(Content provided by Digital Native)