After a long gap, the Thalaivar 168 team has made an announcement regarding another cast member of the film. To everyone’s surprise, Nayanthara, who was last seen with actor Rajinikanth in his previous film Darbar, has been roped in for this film too. This marks the fourth association of the two after Chandramukhi, Kuselan, and Darbar. Helmed by director Siva, Thalaivar 168 will be bankrolled by Kalanithi Maran under his Sun Pictures banner.
The team took to Twitter to announce the news.
— Sun Pictures (@sunpictures) January 31, 2020
The puja of Thalaivar 168 took place on December 11, 2019, and shooting of the same commenced at the end of the month.
After several names like Aishwarya Rai, Sai Pallavi, Jyothika and Manju Warrier, to name a few, did the rounds for the heroine for Thalaivar 168, it was finally revealed that National Award-winning actress Keerthy Suresh will work in the film. The actress who was last seen in Vijay starrer Sarkar is associating with the superstar for the first time. The team congratulated and celebrated the actor for the National Award on the sets of Thalaivar 168.
— Sun Pictures (@sunpictures) December 25, 2019
It was also announced that actors Prakash Raj, Soori, Meena, and Khushbu are part of the project. While Soori will be working with Rajinikanth for the first time, Prakash Raj was last seen with the actor as IG Subramaniam in Padayappa (1999), Meena as Ranganayaki in Muthu (1995), and Khushbu as Rekha in Pandiyan (1992).
“Working with Superstar Rajinikanth in this film produced by Sun Pictures is a dream come true for an actor like me. A mere selfie with the actor would in itself bring one happiness and knowing that I get to play a role with the star in a film makes me feel elated. Director Siva who is an expert with commercial subjects is helming this film which makes it all the more special. I’m excited to be a part of this crew,” said actor Soori.
Meena said, “This is the first time I’ll be associating with Sun Pictures and director Siva, but a reunion of sorts with Rajini sir for which I’m really excited. The story has been penned really well and I play a jovial character in the film which the audience is bound to love. Eagerly looking forward to the shoot of Thalaivar 168.”
“I have kept away from Tamil films for about nine years with the sole reason to feature in a good film, and Thalaivar 168 is one such film. I have worked with Rajini sir in several films and I am extremely happy and excited to work with him again. The audience has always accepted us as a good on-screen pair and I hope they do so in this film too. It will be a different character compared to my earlier films,” said Khushbu.
The film will have music composed by D Imman. The makers are yet to make an official announcement regarding other technicians.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth’s Darbar has entered the fourth week since release. Helmed by director AR Murugadoss, the film featured the actor as a cop ‘Aaditya Arunasalam’, long after his 1992 action-drama Pandian.
Watch the Darbar trailer here.