Directed: K. S. Ravikumar
Produced: Soundarya Rajinikanth, Latha Rajinikanth, Sunil Lulla
Written: S. Ramakrishnan
Screenplay: K. S. Ravikumar
Starring: Rajnikanth, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood
Music: A.R Rahman
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu
Studio: Ocher Productions, Eros International
Raana is forthcoming Tamil historical action film, co-written and directed by K.S Ravikumar starring Rajnikanth, whose story the film will be based upon. The film will be jointly produced by Ocher Picture Productions and Eros International. The film will feature cinematography by R. Rathnavelu and music composed by A.R Rahman. Filming commenced on 31 March 2011 and is expected to be simultaneously made in Hindi and dubbed in Telugu, all three of which are slated for release in 2012.
During late-2010, reports suggested that Rana would be the new title of Soundarya Rajnikanth‘s self-produced, directed, and designed film Hara, an animation film that began production in 2007, featuring her father Rajnikanth in the title role. It was also reported that K. S Ravikumar was signed up as co-director to direct “non-animated” scenes of the film, in which Rajinikanth would pair up with Trisha. The reports were later falsified as several websites on January 28, 2011 claimed that Raana was a separate project, jointly produced by Eros International and Soundarya’s Ocher Picture Productions.
Confusions of Raana being the “revival” of Hara were cleared as both Ocher and Eros denied the claims, stating that Rana was “a fresh script” and will be shot as live action while Harawas still under production, likely to be released after the former.
The film was dubbed as a “Rajnikanth-starrer” when it was first announced, adding that Rajinikanth would feature in three different roles in the film. Before the film’s official announcement,Trisha was reported to be signed up for a lead role, but was eventually false. Later reports stated that Anushka, Deepika Padukone, Asin, and Sneha were approached for lead roles.The role eventually went to Padukone who signed up in February 2011. Sonu Sood was signed to play the film’s antagonist.
Later that month, Madhuri Dixit was linked to the project, whom media reports claimed was offered a supporting role, which she later refused citing personal commitments and differences with the role she was offered. Several media reports subsequently emerged, stating that Bollywood actresses Rekha and Vidya Balan were slated to be part of the leading cast. The following month, however, it was reported that Rekha walked out of the project during its pre-production stage after a dispute with the producers about her salary. Balan was also reported to have dropped out of the film after an untimely request to fully view the film’s script was turned down. However, it has been reported that the role finally went to Anushka. In the meantime, Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini were reported to have been signed up for important roles, marking their Tamil cinema debuts. All reports, however, were finally downplayed by K. S Ravikumar, stating that no other actor had been signed up, other than Rajinikanth and Padukone, as of March 2011.
R. Rathnavelu was specially chosen by Rajinikanth as the film’s cinematographer, after the two worked together in their prior successful venture Endhiran. Rajeevan was signed up as art director. Anthony and A.R Rahman, who were also part of the Enthiran team, were signed up as the film’s editor and composer, respectively. S. Ramakrishnanwas signed up as the film’s dialogue writer.
Principal photography for the film began on 31 March 2011 at AVM Studios.