Remember police officer Alex Pandiyan, his majestic voice and stylish side burns? For fans of ‘super star' Rajinikanth, ‘Moondru Mugam' was a phenomenon in the early 1980s.

The variety the actor brought to the three roles he played in the film took him to new levels of stardom.

Yet again, Rajinikanth will play three roles in his next project ‘Raana', which brings the Rajinikanth-director K.S.Ravikumar-composer A.R. Rahman combination together after nearly a decade.

For most fans of ‘superstar' Rajinikanth, the films ‘Muthu' and ‘Padaiyappa' made by this combination will invariably figure in the list of all-time favourites. The films came with the stamp of a thorough entertainer with liberal doses of humour and music that made waves.

Though talk of the possible release date of what was originally ‘Sultan the Warrior' kept surfacing in Kollywood every now and then, each time with a new name for the much talked-about animation film, it will possibly follow ‘Raana', sources say.

A few months ago, news about ‘Sultan the Warrior' being readied for release in the name ‘Hara' started doing the rounds. Some believed that K.S. Ravikumar would direct select portions of the film.

However, news about ‘Raana' has now rendered all those talk futile.

Sources also say that ‘Raana' will be produced by the actor's wife Lata Rajinikanth, for Ocher Studios. The full length feature film, will have Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone playing the female lead.

Rajinikanth is also roping in cinematographer Rathnavelu, who worked with him in ‘Enthiran'.

Rajeevan is the art director. Director K.S. Ravikumar whose collaboration with Rajinikanth set new records at the box office, had been working with Kamal Haasan in the last few years, bringing out films such as the hilarious ‘Panchatantiram', ‘Dasavatharam' and the more recent, ‘Manmadan Ambu'.

The director, known for his screenplay, intelligent humour and his cameo roles, can be expected to come up with a complete entertainer that would appeal to both rural and urban audiences, say industry sources.