Contrary to earlier reports that popular Tamil-Telugu hero Suriya would be playing the role of a commando in Army office-turned-filmmaker Major Ravi’s forthcoming bilingual Kandahar to be made simultaneously in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Mohanlal in the lead, it is now heard that Suriya has called up Mohanlal and explained his inability to do the project as he has no free dates! Sources say that Mohanlal is now on the lookout for a saleable action hero in Tamil to replace Suriya.
Produced by Mohanlal’s own Pranavam Arts, the film is inspired by the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in 1999. It was hijacked by five Pakistani militants while on its way from Kathmandu to New Delhi on Christmas Eve and was forced to land in three different airports (Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai) before spending a week on the tarmac in Kandahar with 186 hostages on board. Kandahar will be shot in Delhi, Nepal and Kerala.