Director Lingusamy is reportedly in talks with Havish, who was recently seen in Seven, for an upcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual film. It was speculated a few months back that actor Allu Arjun will star in the director’s Telugu debut, but this was not confirmed.
The film, which was announced back in 2017, is being planned as a road movie. Reports say that Allu Arjun backed out of the project because of his busy schedule.
A source close to the director told Cinema Express, “Lingusamy pitched the storyline to Havish, who felt it has a universal appeal and could cater to both Tamil and Telugu audiences. He readily agreed and the shoot will commence in the second week of August. Lingusamy previously made attempts to bring Allu Arjun for the same film, but things never worked out. After making a few changes to the script, Havish is now on board.”
As reported recently, the director is also in talks with actor-director Raghava Lawerence for an upcoming action film. The project has not been finalised yet.
Lingusamy also has his production venture Idam Porul Eval, directed by Seenu Ramasamy, starring Vijay Sethupathi, Vishnu Vishal, Nandita Swetha and Aishwarya Rajesh, which has been delayed due to financial issues.
The director made his debut with the Mammootty-starrer Aanandham in 2001 and followed it up with Run, Sandakozhi, Deepavali, Paiyaa, Vettai and other films. Dubbed versions of Sandakozhi and Run had a good box-office opening in Telugu. Lingusamy later started his own production house Thirupathi Brothers with his brother.
Havish made his debut as an actor with the Telugu film Nuvvila in 2011 in a small role. Later, in 2012 he starred as the main character in Genius, and in Ram Leela in 2015, but the films had poor box-office runs. Recently, he played the hero in the Tamil-Telugu bilingual Seven directed by Nizar Shafi, co-starring Rahman, Regina Cassandra, Nandita Swetha, Anisha Ambrose and others.