Annaatthe

Annaatthe is an upcoming Indian action drama film written and directed by Siva and produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures. The film stars Rajinikanth, with Meena, Khushbu, Nayanthara and Keerthy Suresh as the female leads, and Jackie Shroff, Jagapathi Babu, Prakash Raj and Vela Ramamoorthy in prominent roles.[1] The music for the film will be composed by D. Imman while cinematography and editing are performed by Vetri and Ruben respectively.[2] The film is scheduled to release on the occasion of Diwali, 4 November 2021.[3]

Annaatthe
Annaatthe poster.jpg
Announcement poster
Directed bySiva
Written bySiva
Savari Muthu
Antony Bhagyaraj
Chandran Pachaimuthu
(Dialogues)
Screenplay bySiva
Story bySiva
Aadhi Narayana
Produced byKalanithi Maran
Starring
CinematographyVetri
Edited byRuben
Music byD. Imman
Production
company
Release date
  • 4 November 2021 (2021-11-04)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In mid-October 2019, media reports claimed that Rajinikanth will be working with director Siva, after the release of Darbar (2020),[18][19] but it was later confirmed by Kalanithi Maran on 11 October 2019, whose production house Sun Pictures bankrolling the venture, tentatively titled the project as Thalaivar 168,[20] as it marks Rajinikanth's 168th film project.[21][22] Though composer D. Imman, who worked previously with the director in Viswasam (2019),[23] was reported to score music for the film,[24][25] his inclusion was confirmed by the producer in mid-November.[26][27] It was reported that the movie will be titled as Viyugam and Mannavan,[28][29] however the team denied the rumours.[30][31] The film's title Annaatthe was revealed on 24 February 2020.[32][33][34] Siva's usual technical crew, Vetri, Ruben, Milan and Dilip Subbarayan, who worked in the director's earlier films, excluding Subbarayan, as he worked with Siva only in Viswasam, were reported to be the film's cinematographer, editor, art director and stunt choreographer respectively.[35][36] Some reports claimed that the script for Annaatthe was originally written for Ajith Kumar, before working with Viswasam.[37][38] Rajinikanth had penned some punch lines in his film.[39] Initially, the actor was reported to be paid ₹158 crore as his salary for the film, but Kalanithi Maran insisted him to reduce the salary post the Corona and was also ready to shelve the project if Rajinikanth had refused to do so.[40] After much deliberation, Rajinikanth had agreed to reduce his salary to ₹108 crore, including GST.[41][42]

CastingEdit

On 23 October 2019, Keerthy Suresh was signed in to act in a pivotal role.[43] Later comedian Soori, was reported to play another prominent role.[44] The inclusion of Soori and Suresh were confirmed by Sun Pictures on the mid-week of December 2019.[45][46] Keerthy Suresh was reported to essay the role of Rajinikanth's daughter.[47] In December 2019, the producers also confirmed that Meena and Khushbu,[48][49] will be the female leads for Rajinikanth in Thalaivar 168.[50] Prakash Raj and Sathish too joined the film's cast before the start of the shoot, with actor Vishwanth, who worked with Rajinikanth in Kabali (2016), too joined the cast.[51][52][16] On 31 January 2020, Sun Pictures later announced that Nayanthara will also be a part of the film's cast,[53] essaying the role of a lawyer in the film.[54][55][56] Actor Vela Ramamoorthy, too joined the cast, essaying a crucial role.[57] Telugu actor Gopichand, was reported to play the antagonist in the film,[58][59] but however the actor refuted such claims.[60][61] Jackie Shroff was hired to play the film's antagonist,[8] but was replaced by Jagapathi Babu in March 2021.[62] It will also be the posthumous film of Thavasi, who earlier appeared in Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (2013) and Rajinimurugan (2015).[16]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography of the film was commenced on 11 December 2019, on the eve of actor Rajinikanth's birthday.[63] The film's cast and crew were present at the pooja ceremony held at the office of Sun TV Network in Chennai.[17] Filming began on 18 December 2019,[63] at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad with a song shoot,[64][65] while Khushbu joined shooting for her portions, a few days after filming began.[66] Rajinikanth went to shoot for Discovery Channel's teleseries Man vs. Wild, which also features Bear Grylls, at the Bandipur forest in Karnataka, which resulted in delay of the film's shoot.[67] After the announcement of Nayanthara's inclusion, the actress joined the sets in February 2020.[68] The makers planned to shoot a few sequences in Kolkata and Pune after the completion of two schedules in Hyderabad, but dropped the idea due to the fear of COVID-19 pandemic and decided to continue the shoot at Hyderabad.[69][70] Filming was further halted due to the pandemic.[71]

It was reported that the team will shoot some sequences in Chennai after lockdown since the team will find it difficult to head to Hyderabad for the shoot.[72] After the government gave permissions to resume film and television production after the pandemic, Rajinikanth was reported to join the sets in October 2020.[73] However the makers postponed the film's shooting to November,[74] citing the team's safety.[75][76][77] In mid November 2020, the makers officially stated that the shooting will resume on 15 December 2020 with Rajinikanth joining the schedule,[78][79] and was expected to be completed within a single stretch in order to complete the shoot quickly.[80][81] Rajinikanth headed to Hyderabad on 14 December and started the shoot before the scheduled date,[82] with Nayanthara being present on the film's sets.[83][84] Sources claimed that Rajinikanth worked for more than fourteen hours in order to complete the film's shoot, before the actor's entry into politics.[85][86] But the film's shoot however was halted on 23 December 2020,[87] after eight crew members were diagnosed with COVID-19,[88] although Rajinikanth being tested negative,[89] the actor has undergone self-quarantine in Hyderabad.[90][91] However Rajinikanth was hospitalised on 25 December 2020, due to fluctuating blood pressure,[92][93] and was discharged on 27 December.[94][95]

Following Rajinikanth's health, the makers planned to resume shooting in Chennai on 15 March 2021,[96] with a single schedule being shot within 30 days.[97] After Tamil Nadu state legislative assembly elections, Rajinikanth headed to Hyderabad for the next schedule shoot in April 2021.[98] Shooting of the film happened at a brisk pace, despite night curfew and other restrictions.[99] The team shot a few stunt sequences featuring Rajinikanth and for the night sequences, the team sought permission from the government as well as Hyderabad police to shoot the night scenes.[99] The team ensured safety at the sets while filming at a brisk pace.[100] Nayanthara joined the film's team in late April 2021, and scenes featuring Rajinikanth and Nayanthara were shot within three days.[101] On 10 May 2021, it was announced that Rajinikanth had completed his portions for the film.[102]

MusicEdit

The music for the film will be composed by D. Imman, collaborating with actor Rajinikanth for the first time, with lyrics written by Viveka and Mani Amuthavan.[26][35] Veteran singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, had recorded an introduction song for Rajinikanth in the film,[103] which marks his last song before his death on 25 September 2020.[104][105][106]

ReleaseEdit

Initially Annaatthe was scheduled to release coinciding with the eve of Dusshera festival.[107] Later, in May 2020, Sun Pictures announced that the movie will be scheduled to release during the occasion of Pongal.[108][109][110] But the movie was postponed further citing the delay in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[111] On January 2021, Sun Pictures announced that the film will be released on 4 November 2021, coinciding with Diwali festival.[112]

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