Piracy is proving to be a real bane for the south Indian film industry. A video clip of a stunt sequence from the Superstar’s upcoming gangster drama Kaala, directed by Pa Ranjith and set to release on April 27, is going around on social networking sites. The team is understandably upset and furious over the leak.
In the clip, touted to be the climax of the film, Rajinikanth is seen fighting the antagonists against a fiery background.
It may be recalled that last year an audio clip was leaked from the film. It was touted to be the intro song of the film and sounded similar to Ulagam Oruvanukka from Kabali. Also, some working stills and a family photo from the film were leaked as well.
Going by the leaked family picture, it would be Brahmotsavam actress Easwari Rao who will be playing Rajinikanth’s wife in the movie. This makes us wonder what role Huma Qureshi, who was thought to be the female lead in the movie, will play as she doesn’t feature anywhere in that family picture.
Set in the ’80s, Kaala has Rajinikanth playing a migrant who comes to Mumbai from Tirunelveli and goes on to become a powerful don and later a righteous gangster in Dharavi. The film shows Rajinikanth fighting for the rights of oppressed Tamils in Mumbai. Since the film has been shot mostly against the backdrop of Mumbai, the makers have shot the film simultaneously in Hindi. Unlike Kabali, the film won’t be dubbed in Hindi and Rajinikanth is expected to mouth his lines in Hindi and in Marathi at some key junctures as it will appeal to non-Hindi speaking audiences.
The film features an ensemble cast that also has Bollywood veteran Nana Patekar playing the antagonist. The Ab Tak Chhappan actor will be seen in the role of a ruthless, conniving politician often at loggerheads with Rajinikanth’s character. The others in the cast include Huma Qureshi, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi and Samuthirakani.
The film is tipped to be made as a Tamil-Hindi bilingual and will be dubbed in Telugu. The project marks the reunion of director Pa Ranjith with Rajinikanth after Kabali. Santhosh Narayanan is scoring the music, while national award-winning Sreekar Prasad will take care of editing.