Vijay and director Atlee – best known for films such as Theri (2016) and Mersal (2017) – have joined hands for the third time for a project currently dubbed as Thalapathy 63. On Sunday, a formal pooja was organized to mark the beginning of the film’s regular shoot in Chennai.
To be bankrolled by AGS Entertainment, the project will have music by AR Rahman and it will be his third collaboration with Vijay in a row after Mersal (2017) and Sarkar (2018). Nayanthara, recently seen in Ajith’s Viswasam (2019), reunites with Vijay after a decade as the leading lady.
According to a statement released by the makers, the film will be a pucca family entertainer and will attempt a genre that will be the first-of-its-kind for Vijay. Rumours are already doing the rounds that the film will be a sports-based drama and Vijay will be seen in the role of a coach. However, neither the makers nor Atlee has verified these reports.
The statement further added that the film has been locked for release for Diwali 2019. It has already been confirmed Kathir, Yogi Babu and Vivek will be seen playing pivotal roles in the film. Daniel Balaji, usually seen playing negative roles, has also been roped in for a crucial role.
Vijay’s last release was Sarkar (2018), which hit the screens during Diwali festival last year. Directed by AR Murugadoss, the film revolved around NRI Sundar Ramaswamy, played by Vijay, as he decides to investigate the person who illegally casts his vote.
Despite stiff opposition from the ruling party in Tamil Nadu for scenes that mocked their government, the film went on to have a successful run at the box-office, grossing over Rs200 crore worldwide.