Kamal Haasan’s latest cinematic venture, “Thug Life,” has just unveiled its intriguing details, igniting a flurry of speculations among fans. The film reunites the legendary actor with renowned filmmaker Mani Ratnam, a remarkable 35 years after their iconic gangster drama, “Nayakan.” In a much-anticipated revelation, the character played by Kamal Haasan in “Thug Life” has been disclosed as Rangaraya Sakthivel Naicker, a revelation that has left fans buzzing with excitement and fueled the intriguing possibility of a connection to the 1987 classic, “Nayakan.”
Previously, it was reported that Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam were collaborating on a project, and now the film has been officially titled “Thug Life.” Furthermore, the ensemble cast includes stellar talents such as Trisha, Dulquer Salmaan, and Jayam Ravi, who will be essaying pivotal roles in this highly anticipated venture.
The announcement video for “Thug Life” is a visual treat, featuring Kamal Haasan in the role of Rangaraya Sakthivel Naicker. This character name bears a striking resemblance to Kamal’s iconic character, Sakthivel Naicker, from “Nayakan.” In the video, Kamal Haasan’s character reflects on his notorious reputation as a criminal and confronts a group of menacing henchmen. As the tension escalates, he dramatically sheds his white robe to reveal an unconventional, distinctive white outfit before engaging in a fierce altercation. This uncanny resemblance to his character from “Nayakan” has piqued the curiosity of fans, leaving them to wonder about the potential connections between the two films.
“Thug Life” is being jointly produced by Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, R. Mahendran, and Siva Ananth under the esteemed banners of Raaj Kamal Films International, Madras Talkies, and Red Giant Movies. The film is set to reunite Kamal Haasan with his regular collaborators, including the acclaimed music composer A.R. Rahman and the skilled editor Sreekar Prasad.
Notably, cinematographer Ravi K Chandran, known for his exceptional work on previous Mani Ratnam films such as “Kannathil Muthamittal” and “Aayutha Ezhuthu,” is overseeing the cinematography for “Thug Life.” The action choreography for the film will be handled by the talented Anbariv masters, who have previously collaborated with Kamal Haasan on “Vikram.” Sharmishta Roy and Ekha Lakhani are also part of the team, serving as the production designer and costume designer, respectively.
As the excitement builds around “Thug Life” and its potential connections to “Nayakan,” fans and film enthusiasts eagerly anticipate this extraordinary collaboration between Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam, which promises to be an enthralling cinematic experience.