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Here’s All We Know About Mani Ratnam & Kamal Haasan’s KH234!

What a combo!

Yesterday, Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam took the Cinema world by surprise after they announced their collaboration together for the former 234th film. This collaboration comes after 35 years. Previously, the two stalwarts worked together on Nayakan, one of the biggest hits of Kamal as well as Mani Ratnam. Kamal Haasan shared this news yesterday, ahead of his 68th Birthday which he is celebrating today.

Sharing the news on Twitter, the Nayakan actor wrote, “Here we go again! #KH234.” Another legend is also a part of the film. AR Rahman will be composing the music for the film. Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam’s film and will be backed by the Madras Talkies, Red Giant Movies and Udhayanidhi Stalin. The poster also revealed that the movie is produced by Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, R Mahendran and Siva Ananth. The motion poster that revealed this collaboration came with rocking background music as well. More updates about the film will be out in the coming days.

As mentioned above, the actor and director previously worked together in Nayakan back in 1987. The movie was backed by Muktha Srinivasan, and it introduced Saranya Ponvanan as a debut lead. Nayakan is loosely based on the life of the Bombay underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar and the American film The Godfather (1972). Ratnam was initially approached to remake the Hindi film Pagla Kahin Ka (1970) for Srinivasan and Kamal Haasan but refused. He instead suggested two other stories, one of which impressed kamal and became Nayakan. The cinematography was handled by P. C. Sreeram and edited by B. Lenin and V. T. Vijayan. Music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and ‘Thenpaandi Cheemaiyile’ became an iconic song. Filming began in late 1986, taking place primarily in Madras and to a lesser extent, Bombay.

The film was ironically released on October 21st, 1987, on Diwali day. The film ran in theatres for 175 days. Haasan’s performance earned him the National Film Award for Best Actor. The film also earned the National Awards for Best Cinematography (Sreeram) and Best Art Direction (Thota Tharani). The film was India’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988 at the 60th Academy Awards; however, it was not shortlisted among the final nominees. It was included in TIME‘s “All-Time 100 Best Films”, and News18’s “100 greatest Indian films of all time”.