At the audio launch of upcoming Tamil film Traffic Ramaswamy, based on the life of the 83-year-old eponymous, popular real-life activist, filmmaker Shankar, who presided over as the chief guest of the event, made some interesting revelation. Speaking on the occasion, Shankar said he had plans to make a film on Traffic Ramaswamy and wished to cast superstar Rajinikanth in the titular role. “Traffic Ramaswamy is a very inspiring character. Whenever I’ve read about him in newspapers, I’ve always been surprised by his courage. He’s someone filled with heroism. I saw him in my films in characters such as Senapathy from Indian and in Ambi from Anniyan. I wanted to make a film on a character inspired by him. I wanted to make it with Rajini sir as I felt age-wise he’d be apt for such a role. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t materialise when I learnt somebody else had announced a film on his life.”
Actor-filmmaker S.A Chandrasekhar a.k.a SAC has played the lead in Traffic Ramaswamy, which is gearing up for June 22 release. Shankar said he’s glad Chandrasekhar played the titular character. “I’m happy they’ve made the film with SAC sir because he’s as socially responsible as Traffic Ramaswamy, and I think audiences can easily relate to the character.” Directed by Vicky, the film also stars Rohini, RK Suresh, Livingston, Imman Anaachi, Ammu Ramachandran, Charles Vinod, Chetan, Baby Sherin, Mohan Ram and Madan Bob among others. Actor Vijay Antony has played a cameo.
Meanwhile, Shankar awaits the release of 2.0, a sequel to Rajinikanth’s Enthiran. According to the latest grapevine, it is being said that the INR 450 crore magnum opus won’t hit the screens this year. Apparently, the makers are eyeing January 2019 release as the visual effects work in the film is taking longer time than expected.
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