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This is the first time that the actor-composer is donning khaki in a film.
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After he was seen playing dual roles in last year’s Annadurai, actor-composer Vijay Antony is all set to don khaki for the first time in his upcoming film Thimiru Pudichavan, which was officially announced with a poster last week.

The project, to be directed by Ganesha, a former associate of SS Rajamouli, went on the floors on Wednesday. Sources report that Antony is learning silambam, an ancient stick-based martial art popular in Tamil Nadu, for his role and will use this skill in some action sequences.

“There was scope to use silambam in action sequences and when I told Antony sir, he was really excited. It’s going to be a new attempt and I’m quite in awe of his commitment,” Ganesha said in a statement.

Ganesha also said that the movie is not based on a routine cop versus villain tale but will include elements of mind games. It will also portray the contemporary youth scenario. For Thimiru Pudichavan, Antony will be seen sporting a twirled moustache and will shed a few kilos to play an upright police officer. To be produced by Vijay Antony Film Corporation, Richard M Nathan will crank the camera. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be officially announced. Antony will compose music and is also expected to edit the film. Nivetha Pethuraj has been signed as the leading lady and she’ll also be seen in a cop’s role.

Following the debacle of Annadurai, which sank without a trace at the box office, Antony has bet big on his next two releases – Kaali and Thimiru Pudichavan. In Kaali, directed by Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, Antony plays four roles. Apparently, it’s the story of four sons in search of their long-lost mother. Anjali, Amritha, Shilpa Manjunath and Sunaina play the leading ladies in Kaali, which will be dubbed and released in Telugu. The film is getting ready to hit the screens on March 30.

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