Lokesh Kanagaraj made a splash with Maanagaram, a thriller set in Chennai that released in 2017, winning over audiences and critics alike. With glowing reviews and highly positive word-of-mouth, the film managed to succeed at the box office. Even before the film could complete its theatrical run, Lokesh was committed to do 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 news made headlines, the project was officially launched in December 2018 and reports say it will be an action thriller. The regular shooting for the project began in Tenkasi earlier this week.
Talking to the Times of India, Lokesh had said: “Karthi 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.” 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 the music.
Having recently completed shooting for Dev, Karthi has now shifted all his focus to this project. Apparently, after being impressed by Maanagaram, it was Karthi who reached out to Lokesh and expressed his interest to work with him. This project, which is currently dubbed as Karthi 18, is getting ready for a summer release.
Karthi, who registered his career’s biggest hit in the form of Kadaikutty Singam last year, currently awaits the release of Dev, which has been directed by debutant Rajath Ravishankar and is gearing up for a February release. Dev is bankrolled by Prince Pictures and Reliance Entertainment. Actors such as Ramya Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Amrutha and RJ 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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