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Mani Ratnam Contemplating A ‘Thalapathy’ Sequel

Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathy, released in 1991, may get a sequel soon. The Roja filmmaker is reportedly planning a sequel to the flick that starred Rajinikanth, Mammootty, and Arvind Swamy. According to a Deccan Chronicle report, the director approached actors Vijay and Vikram for the two main roles in the original movie – Surya (played by Rajinikanth) and Devaraj (played by Mammootty).

Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja was approached to reprise Arvind Swamy’s role Arjun. However, the film will only take shape after Kaattru Veliyidai‘s release. 

A source close to the filmmaker told DC that the news of a sequel is merely a rumour, owing to the fact that Vikram had recently visited Mani Ratnam at home. 


Thalapathy was a critical and commercial hit when it released, with the story based on the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. The film also starred Shobhana, Srividya, Amrish Puri, Bhanupriya, Nagesh, and Charuhasan. The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with cinematography by Santhosh Sivan. 

Meanwhile, Mani Ratnam is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Kaatru Veliyidai starring Karthi Sivakumar and Aditi Rao Hydari. His former assistant, Bejoy Nambiar, is remaking his film Agni Natchathiram in Bollywood. Nambiar had reportedly roped in actors Vicky Kaushal and Harshvardhan Rane to play the lead roles but the cast has been changed now.