Vijay, the Tamil actor who was last seen in action-drama Master, will collaborate with filmmaker Vamshi Paidipally for an upcoming pan-Indian film, the makers of the film announced in a press release on Monday.
The yet-to-be-titled film will be produced by Dil Raju under Sri Venkateswara Creations. The film will mark Vijay’s first collaboration with Vamshi. According to the press release, Paidipally is “fine-tuning” the script and has been working on the film for the past couple of years before getting the actor’s nod.
“There has been a principal agreement between the actor and filmmaker that they will do a film. It is a confirmed project and will be Vijay’s next film. Nothing else has been finalised apart from that, including the cast. The project is in very early stages of production,” a source requesting anonymity told Silverscreen India.
The film is expected to go on floors after Vijay wraps up the tentatively-titled film Thalapathy 65.
The makers said that the rest of the cast and technical crew will be announced later.
Another source close to the production said, “The cast will comprise actors from both Tamil and Telugu industries. The film will be based on a social message and will be a society-oriented film. Vamshi’s last film Maharshi was based on farmers and agriculture. Similarly, this film will be based on a social message and will have some political elements. It will focus on the current generation and the digital era we live in.”
The official announcement about the film is expected to be made by June, the source added.
Vijay recently completed his shooting schedule in Georgia for Thalapathy 65. The film, which is written and directed by filmmaker Nelson Dilipkumar, is produced by media baron Kalanithi Maran under the Sun Pictures banner. Pooja Hegde, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, has been cast opposite the actor. Music has been composed by Anirudh Ravichander.
Paidipally’s Maharshi, the 2019 Telugu action-drama film, starring Mahesh Babu and Hegde in the lead roles, and produced by Dil Raju’s banner won two awards at the 67th National Film Awards, for Best Choreography and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. His film with Vijay, which is also expected to release in Tamil, will be the director’s second Tamil film after his 2016 bilingual comedy-drama film Oopiri, released in Tamil as Thozha.