Rajinikanth to play Sultan Mirza in Pa Ranjith's gangster flick opposite Vidya Balan?
Rajinikanth played an ageing gangster in his last film Kabali, directed by Pa Ranjith.
Thousand of fans of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth were left disappointed at the news of his next, S Shankar's science fiction entertainer 2.0 getting pushed to next year as a result of post-production delay. While there will be no releases this year, Rajinikanth might star in two films next year.
It was earlier reported that Rajinikanth's next is a spin-off of his 2015 gangster flick, Pa Ranjith's Kabali.
However, The Indian Express reports that while his next with Ranjith will be a gangster drama, it will not be a spin-off of Kabali. Instead, it will be based on the life of the notorious underworld don Haji Mastan, or better known as Sultan Mirza.
Ajay Devgn had portrayed the same role in Milan Luthria's 2010 film Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. Mastan was born a Tamilian and moved to Mumbai with his father when he was eight. He was an associate of real estate and smuggling barons Karim Lala and Varadarajan Mudaliar. He was also the mentor of the next underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
While there is no official confirmation on Rajinikanth getting into the shoes of Mastan on celluloid, what is known is that his son-in-law and actor Dhanush will produce the film under his banner Wunderbar Films.
Also, as reported above, Hindi film actor Vidya Balan is expected to play the role opposite Rajinikanth in this film after their initial collaboration in Kabali failed to materialise.
Bollywood Life reports that the film is currently in its pre-production stage and will go on floors next month. Ranjith is expected to host rehearsal sessions for the entire star cast within the next 10 days. The official details, including the title and first look of the film, is likely to be disclosed on 1 May.
It is expected to release next year, months away from 2.0 which also stars Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson. It is the sequel to Shankar's 2010 film Enthiran and is slated to release on Republic Day along with Neeraj Pandey's espionage thriller Aiyaary.
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