With the consecutive failures of KOCHADAIYAAN and LINGAA, it seems South megastar Rajinikanth has realized the taste of the new generation and has decided to gracefully switch to play roles that suits his age.
According to reports in his next film KABALI, the veteran superstar will thus be seen playing the role of an aged don inspired losing from the life of the infamous Chennai based Don Kabaleeswaran, who unleashed terror with his mafia activates.
Directed by the young and dynamic filmmaker Ranjith Pa, who has to his credits hit films like ATTAKATHI (2012) and MADRAS (2014), the role of Don Kabaleeswaran has been intentionally written with Rajinikanth in mind and he believes the movie will open new vistas for Rajinikanth as Subhash Ghai’s VIDHAATA did for thespian Dilip Kumar in Bollywood.
Readers may recall like Rajnikanth, Bollywood superstar Dillip Kumar too had a strong fan following and Dilip Kumar did hero’s role till the ripe age of over 50 years but in the late 60’s his career began to dwindle and he gave a series of box office flops like DIL DIYA DARD LIYA, SUNGHURSH, AADMI, DASTAAN, GOPI, SAGINA and BAIRAAG (1976).
Eventually he took retirement and after four years Subhash Ghai gave him a new lease of life as an underworld don in his film VIDHAATA (1980). After this Dilip Kumar gave many hit films playing centric roles like KRANTI, SHAKTI, KARMA, MASHAAL, SAUDAGAR etc.
Likewise young filmmaker Ranjith Pa plans to open new doors for Rajnikanth that can explore new characters which can bring out the histrionic of Rajnikanth that have still not been tapped.
According to a source close to the film the entire unit of the film is young and vibrant. From the director to the technicians involved in the film are younger, fresher and talented — including music director Santosh Narayan, cinematographer Murali G, and editor Praveen KL — and this is reportedly a sea change from what Rajinikanth has been doing for the past 15 years.