Tamil filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj has attained an impressive reputation in no time at all as a filmmaker who delivers the hits. After making 4 successful films in a row Karthik now embarks on the most difficult film of his career.
A film starring Rajinikanth in the lead.
Shedding light on the project Karthik says, “It has been my dream to make a film with Rajini Sir. I grew up watching his films. And I was sure I would direct a film with him some day. I never thought would happen so early.”
When Karthik wrote the new film for Rajinkanth he was in for a surprise. “ I went with the story to Rajini Sir about a year ago.I never thought he would agree to do it.To my surprise he had seen my films from the first one Pizza, then Jigarthanda and Iraivi.When Rajini Sir said he had seen all my films I was happier than I can explain. He had trust in my abilities and we decided to do our film together as soon as he was free from his two assignments 2:0 and Kaala . I thought he would forget about my film . But now that he has finished with his pending projects he told me we can start.”
Karthik feels a huge sense of joy and responsibility. “With the happiness of knowing I am working with the biggest star of the country comes the worry of knowing how to present him in a different light. To change his image is unacceptable to his fans. So I’ve to work my way around his image.”
The one thing that Karthik’s Rajini starrer won’t go into is politics. “I’m aware Rajini Sir has been doing political films lately. But my film with him would have nothing to do with politics . It would be a lighthearted film.”
Apart from Rajinikanth only Vijay Sethupati has been finalized in the untitled Rajinikanth film.
Says Karthik, “Vijay Sethupati has been a part of almost all my films. He trusts me blindly and I feel the same trust in his abilities each time.”
The young filmmaker dismisses reports of Simran being finalized as Rajinikanth’s leading lady. “So far only Rajni Sir and Vijay Sethupathi have been locked. We are yet to finalize the leading lady. We hope to complete the film by the end of this year and release the film early next year.”