Teaming up with director Siruthai Siva for the first time with Thalaivar 168, a tentative name since it would mark the superstar’s 168th feature, Rajinikanth has finally zeroed down on a name for his next. The film has reportedly been titled Annaatthe and is said to release around Diwali 2020 to grab the maximum target audience during the festive weekend. Also Read - Telugu Star Pawan Kalyan Donates Rs 2 Crore Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
As per the initial buzz, Annaatthe is an out-and-out commercial entertainer and is set in a rural backdrop. It is expected to go on the floors soon. It is the third reunion of Rajinikanth and Sun Pictures which will be bankrolling the family entertainer. Also Read - Into The Wild With Bear Grylls And Rajinikanth: Here Are Top Highlights of The Special Episode Featuring Thalaiva
Sun Pictures had announced its new film with the superstar Rajinikanth in October last year. The film production company had shared a tweet and revealed that Rajinikanth will spearhead the next film which is tentatively being called Thalaivar 168, considering it’s the actor’s 168th film. Also Read - Rajinikanth Thanks His Friend Bear Grylls For The Experience in 'Into The Wild'
Sharing the news on Twitter, the official handle of Sun Pictures had released a clip and written, “After the blockbuster hits Enthiran and Petta, the mega-hit combo of Superstar @rajinikanth and @sunpictures come together for the third time for Thalaivar 168, Superstar’s next movie, directed by @directorsiva #Thalaivar168BySunPictures (sic).”
The film also stars South stars Khushbu, Keerthy Suresh, Meena, Prakash Raj and Soori. South sensation Nayanthara, who had earlier featured with Rajinikanth in Chandramukhi (2005) and Darbar (2019), is said to play a pivotal role in the film. Yesteryear actors Meena and Khushbu starred opposite Rajinikanth in films including Yejaman, Muthu, Veera, Pandian and Annamalai.
However, D Imman, who has reportedly composed the music for Annaatthe, is collaborating for the first film with Rajinikanth along with Soori who will be featuring mainly in the comical portions of the film.