The shooting of highly-anticipated Kollywood action drama Annaatthe, which features the ensemble cast of Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Keerthy Suresh, Meena and Khushboo, was abruptly stopped in March after the breakout of coronavirus. While many filmmakers are resuming their project in the unlock phase, Annaatthe makers are in no hurry to restart the project as their first priority is safety of Thalaivar and they don’t want him to get exposed in front of 200 plus crew members during the shoot.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror, a source close to the film said, “Around 40 days of shoot remains. The idea was to complete the film by year-end to get it ready for a summer release. However, days before getting back to work, producer Kalanithi Maran has called off the shoot keeping Rajinikanth’s safety in mind.” The source further added, “The South film industry is still shocked by the untimely demise of singer SP Balasubrahmanyam and don’t want to risk the life of any actor who’s in the vulnerable age bracket, as cases are on the rise. A lot of money has already been invested on the set, but the producer is willing to take the financial hit.”
Interestingly, late singer SPB has sung the introductory song of Rajinikanth in Annaatthe and is one of the last few recorded songs of the singer. The film marks the first collaboration between Rajinikanth and Siva and it is said to be huge one since the filmmaker is a superhit director and has given some phenomenal hits in the past. Siva’s directorial Viswasam clashed with Rajinikanth’s last release Petta on the box office earlier in 2019. The two movies were released on Pongal and were box office hits. Annaatthe is Rajinikanth’s third association with production house Sun Pictures after their hit collaboration in the past with Enthiran and Petta. National Award winning actress Keerthy Suresh, who plays a lead role in the film, told us exclusively, “The shoot of the film is pending. I don’t think I can talk about much about it right now because there’s a long way to go. So, let’s talk about this a little later.” She added, “Yes, I’m playing the lead role…it’s a lead role.”
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