Director Ajay Gnanamuthu who shot to fame with his 2015 horror flick Demonte Colony is now waiting for the lockdown to end to continue work on his upcoming and third film Cobra starring actors Vikram and KGF fame Srinidhi Shetty. Bankrolled by Lalit Kumar’s Seven Screen Studio, the film marks Vikram’s 58th film and Srinidhi’s debut in the Tamil film industry.
The lockdown has hampered business for several industries, the Indian film industry is among the most affected owing to the shutting down of theatres and halting of all film-related activity. While several stars including Vijay Antony, Harish Kalyan, and Keerthy Suresh have come forward and agreed to a lesser-than-usual salary to help struggling producers, Ajay Gnanmuthu is one of the first directors to do the same.
The Imaikkaa Nodigal director has agreed to forego about 40% of the salary he’d be receiving from Cobra.
— Surendhar MK (@SurendharMK) July 3, 2020
Cobra has completed 90 days of shoot so far and is left with about 25% of shooting left, which will be completed post lockdown. The film, which was earlier slated for a May 2020 release, will now hit the screens once theatres open.
The action-thriller features Irfan Pathan essaying the role of a Turkish Interpol officer while 13th Belief fame Vidya Lakshmi, KS Ravikumar, Shane Nigam, Super Singer fame Poovaiyar and Comali director Pradeep Ranganathan are playing crucial roles.
Earlier Sivakumar Vijayan was roped in as the cinematographer but he has now been replaced by debutant Harish Kannan while Amaran is the art director, AR Rahman is the composer, and, Bhuvan Srinivasan is the editor. Dancer Sathish is choreographing and Dhilip Subbarayan is on stunts. The film has so far been shot in Chennai, Kerala, Kolkata, Russia, and other places in India and abroad.
A few days back, the makers released the first single from the film ‘Thumbi Thullal’. The melody rendered by Shreya Ghoshal and Nakul Abhyankar dropped on Jio Saavn and has recorded more than one lakh plays. The lyrical video later dropped on Youtube garnering more than three-and-a-half million views.
Watch the lyrical here: