One of the most popular heroes of yesteryear, Karthik, is turning villain nowadays. Karthik, who held his own against the likes of superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in their heydays in the eighties and nineties, has acted in more than 100 films as hero.
Of late, though, he appears to be in the mood to try out various kinds of roles. He has already committed to play Dhanush’s villain in K.V. Anand’s Anegan.
He now plays Ajith’s villain in the latter’s upcoming film to be directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. After the successful Veeram, Ajith joins hands with Menon amid reports which say that Ajith volunteered to work in Menon’s film so as to help him out of his financial mess. This would be Ajith’s first film with Gautham Menon and would be produced by A.M. Rathnam.
Ajith would be dyeing his hair black and won’t have the ‘salt-and-pepper’ look which he sported with aplomb in Arrambam and Veeram. The Menon-Ajith film is to be made sleek and stylish and would feature many talented technicians from Hollywood right from make-up artistes to stunt choreographers. Menon is also planning to hold the entire shooting schedule in U.S.
Karthik and Ajit have starred together in the past; though Karthik has essayed roles with ‘grey’ shades, this would be the first time he plays a full-fledged villain’s role.
In Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen where Karthik played the hero, Ajith appeared in a ‘guest role’ and Karthik returned the compliment in Ananda Poongaatre where Ajith played the hero. Both these films, however, released more than a decade back.
The film is also billed as the most-expensive Ajith film as on date.