After playing a jobless young man stalking the heroine in Remo and a blue-collared worker in Velaikkaran, actor Sivakarthikeyan had confirmed a few months ago that he will star in a science-fiction film later this year with director Ravi Kumar, known for helming science-fiction comedy Indru Netru Naalai.
The yet-untitled project, to be bankrolled by 24 AM Studios, went on the floors on Wednesday and the launch ceremony was followed by regular shooting. Rakul Preet Singh, last seen on screen in Karthi’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, has been signed as the leading lady and she joined the sets on Thursday. The film also stars Bhanupriya, Yogi Babu and Bollywood actress Isha Koppikar in a pivotal role.
According to industry sources, director Ravi Kumar has been working on the film’s pre-production for over a year now. There were rumours at one point that the project was shelved. During the promotions of Velaikkaran, Sivakarthikeyan had told reporters: “The delay in commencement is due to exhaustive research work for the project. I told Ravi that he can go work on another film and come back when I’m done with all my existing commitments. But he insisted that he will work on the pre-production and keep everything ready by the time I’m ready to join.” It has already been confirmed that the film will have music by double Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman.
Sivakarthikeyan, who recently wrapped up work on rural comedy Seemaraja, will soon commence work on his next film with director Rajesh. Apparently, he will simultaneously shoot for Ravikumar’s sci-fi flick and Rajesh’s comedy film. Nayanthara has been signed as the leading for Siva’s film with Rajesh.
Originally, Siva was to join hands with Thaana Serntha Kootam director Vignesh Shivn for a project for Studio Green. For reasons unknown, Vignesh opted out of the project and the makers were left with no option other than roping in Rajesh as they didn’t want to waste Siva’s dates. Siva had committed to a project with Studio Green over two years ago and the project is finally taking off after a few hiccups initially. It has been confirmed that Ponram’s Seemaraja will hit the screens worldwide on September 13.
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