Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam join hands after 35 years since ‘Nayakan’

The film, tentatively called ‘KH 234’, will have music scored by AR Rahman

Updated - November 07, 2022 05:33 pm IST

Published - November 06, 2022 06:30 pm IST

Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam

Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam

Actor Kamal Haasan and filmmaker Mani Ratnam are all set to come together for a film, 35 years after their cult gangster drama Nayakan.

The film, tentatively called ‘KH 234’ will be produced by Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, R Mahendran and Siva Ananth under their banners Raaj Kamal Films International and Madras Talkies. The film will be presented by Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies.

The film will have music by AR Rahman. Notably, this is the first time the three are coming together for a project. Rahman, frequent collaborator of Mani Ratnam, previously scored music for Kamal in 2000’s Thenali.

In a statement released by the makers on Sunday evening, Kamal said that he eagerly looks forward to working on the film. “I was equally excited 35 years before when I was about to start work with Mr. Mani Ratnam. Collaborating with a similar mindset is stimulating. This stimulation includes Mr. Rahman as well. Eagerly looking forward to presenting this venture with Mr. Udhayanidhi Stalin.”

Mani Ratnam said, “Happy, honoured and excited to collaborate with Kamal Sir again.”

Producer Udhayanidhi Stalin said that it’s an honour to present this film. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to join Kamal Sir in presenting ‘Ulaganayagan KH 234’ after the great success of Vikram and the much-awaited Indian 2. An absolute honour to present this film and tell this special story. Kamal sir and Mani sir have been the pride of Tamil cinema globally and I have been an ardent admirer of both these iconic personalities. Thank you Kamal sir for this great opportunity.”

While other details about the cast and crew are yet to be announced, the film is expected to hit screens in 2024.

Kamal Haasan is currently busy with his hosting duties for the reality show Bigg Boss Tamil. On the acting front, he has Indian 2 with Shankar and a project with Malayalam filmmaker Mahesh Narayanan in the line-up. As a producer, he will back Sivakarthikeyan’s upcoming film with Rajkumar Periyasamy, and a film with Udhayanidhi.

Mani Ratnam is currently in the limelight for the blockbuster success of Ponniyin Selvan-1. The second part of the magnum opus is expected to be out next year.

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