“After making a successful debut as a director with 3 in 2012 and Vai Raja Vai in 2015, Aishwarya has been toying with multiple ideas for her third directorial. Through the pandemic, she thought of an idea for her father, Rajinikanth. On sharing the thought, the superstar was supremely excited to work under the direction of Aishwarya,” revealed a source close to the development. The source also revealed that she took some time to develop the idea into a screenplay. Rajinikanth was apparently super impressed with the vision and the plot when it was presented to him.
“LYCA Productions too heard the narration and loved the idea. They came on board to produce the film without any second thoughts and are all set to take the film on floors very soon,” the source informed, adding further that the Pooja of Thalaivar 170 and 171 will take place on November 5. “The Aishwarya Rajinikanth film will be announced on November 5, whereas there is still some time before the banner announces the director of their second film with Superstar. There are at least 3 to 4 top directors of the Tamil Film Industry who are in talks for Thalaivar 171 and the name will be locked by early next year. One of the four is Don fame, Sibi,” the source added.
The shooting of Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Jailer, along with Director Nelson Dilipkumar was set afloat recently. While the shoot initially began with the supporting cast, Rajinikanth has also started his shooting schedule now. Kannada star Shivarajkumar and Ramya Krishnan have confirmed their acting in the film. While reports earlier suggested that Rajinikanth was to romance a young actor like Tamannah, the latest update is that the latter is only doing a cameo and will only be in the film for a short screen time. This has now started rumours that Tamannah is probably going to be portrayed as Rajini’s daughter in the film and that her portions will come in the flashback. Vinayakan, Vasanth Ravi, Yogi Babu, and Redin Kingsley are also part of the ‘Jailer’ cast, while the film’s music will be scored by Anirudh Ravichander. Vijay Kartik Kannan is the cinematographer. The film will be shot extensively at Ramoji Filmcity in Hyderabad and Rajini is said to be playing the titular role of a jailer. Much like other Nelson films, this one too is expected to be a quirky action thriller, though in an altogether unique space.