Everyone who thought Kaala and 2.O would be Rajinikanth's last films before he took the plunge into politics is in for a big surprise.
The superstar isn't hanging up his boots just yet. In a surprise announcement, it has been revealed that Rajinikanth will act under maverick director Karthik Subbaraj in his next film. The film will be produced by Sun Pictures.
The production company tweeted on Friday that it would be a "mammoth production".
.@SunTV is happy to announce #Superstarâ€™s next colossal production with @SunPictures.#SuperstarwithSunPictures @superstarrajini @karthiksubbaraj pic.twitter.com/wD5uPCWT0Zâ€” Sun TV (@SunTV) February 23, 2018
Rajinikanth has two releases this year, Pa Ranjith's Kaala and Shankar's 2.O, the sequel to Enthiran. The superstar seems to be keen on working with young filmmakers with fresh ideas rather than senior directors who've been casting him in the same mould for years now. After the debacle of KS Ravikumar's Lingaa, Rajinikanth bounced back with Pa Ranjith's Kabali, in which he played his age.
Karthik Subbaraj tweeted that his dream had come true.
Really Can't express my happiness in words... My most treasured dream come true moment... Thanks a lot Thalaivaaaaa... @superstarrajini & @sunpictures ... !! https://t.co/Wy5V5YNBQaâ€” karthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) February 23, 2018
The superstar's announcement towards the end of 2017 had convinced most that he'd bid goodbye to the world of cinema. His contemporary Kamal Haasan has also announced his political plunge and in an interview to India Today, he'd suggested that he won't be signing any more films for the time being.
Karthik Subbaraj is known for his bold, experimental films. The young director shot to fame with Pizza, a horror film which also gave Vijay Sethupathi much needed visibility. Pa Ranjith, who has worked with Rajinikanth in two films, tweeted his congratulations to Karthik Subbaraj.
Vazthugal brother @karthiksubbaraj kalakunga perum magizchi!!!! https://t.co/wj3a2BOuPDâ€” pa.ranjith (@beemji) February 23, 2018
It remains to be seen if this new venture will have strong political overtones, considering how Rajini is shaping his image in public life.