Actor Vijay’s upcoming 65th Tamil film was launched through a pooja ceremony held at Sun TV‘s studio in Chennai on Wednesday. The makers released a short video of the ceremony on social media.
The film, which is tentatively titled Thalapathy 65, will be written and directed by filmmaker Nelson Dilipkumar. It is produced by media baron Kalanithi Maran under the Sun Pictures banner. The banner has earlier backed Vijay’s 2018 political action film Sarkar.
Earlier, the production house had announced that Pooja Hegde will feature alongside Vijay in the film. This will be the duo’s maiden collaboration and Hegde’s return to the Tamil cinema after nearly a decade. Her last Tamil film, which was also her acting debut, was the superhero drama film Mugamoodi (2012) opposite Jiiva and directed by Mysskin. Hegde was unable to attend the launch ceremony since she was shooting another film.
Thalapathy 65’s music will be composed by Anirudh Ravichander. Manoj Paramahamsa is in charge of cinematography. He had earlier collaborated with Vijay in Nanban, a Tamil remake of the hit Hindi film 3 Idiots, and had said that Thalapathy 65 will be a “pan-Indian affair”. Jani Master be the choreographer. He had earlier tweeted that the shooting will begin from May 3 and the rehearsals for the songs would start from April 24. However, he had later deleted the post.
The rest of the cast and crew members are yet to be announced.
The film is in its pre-production stage, the publicity manager of Thalapathy 65, Riaz, had earlier told Silverscreen India.
Meanwhile, Nelson is gearing up for the release of his second directorial venture, Doctor, featuring Sivakarthikeyan, Vinay Rai, and Priyanka Arul Mohan. The film, which was slated to release on March 26, was postponed due to the forthcoming 16th Legislative Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. Doctor is now scheduled to release on the occasion of Ramzan, the makers had announced.