The craze among Kollywood directors and heroes to name their films after super-duper hit films of superstar Rajinikanth hasn’t diminished one bit; actor Arya is the latest hero to name his upcoming film as Thanikaatu Raja, a super-duper Rajini film which released in the early eighties.
Arya, who hasn’t been doing well for more than two-and-a-half-years now on the professional front as he has been reeling under successive box-office failures, is essaying a tribal’s role in his upcoming film directed by N. Ragavan, who debuted as director with the emotion-filled hit film Manja Pai in 2014. The film has now been named as Thanikattu Raja.
Impressed by Ragavan’s script, Arya is said to have given bulk call-sheet dates to the former to shoot the film at a stretch. The shoot commences this week and would be held in Athirampally and Kodaikkanal and surrounding localities. Catherine Tresa, who played Karthi, Vishal and Atharva’s heroine in Madras, Kathakali and Kanithan (respectively), is Arya’s heroine in Thanikaatu Raja.
Arya thus joins the list of actors in Ajith, Vishal, Vijay Sethupathi, Dhanush, Jiiva and producer-distributor-turned-actor Udhayanidhi to have their films named after Rajini’s hit films.