AR Murugadoss’s last film Kaththi starring Vijayand Samantha turned out to be a huge blockbuster of 2014, creating some new records at the box-office. Now, the talented director is all set to join hands with Telugu Superstar Mahesh Babu for a racy action entertainer. The untitled project, which is currently in preproduction, is said to be a Tamil- Telugu bilingual marking Mahesh Babu’s second direct Tamil film after the much expected Brahmotsavam. Produced by PVP cinemas, Brahmotsavam, which is scheduled for a Pongal 2016 release, also happens to be a Tamil- Telugu bilingual family drama, featuring Mahesh Babu, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha Subhash in the lead roles.
Banking on the bilingual formula
With the phenomenal success of Baahubali, filmmakers seemed to have realized the commercial potential of Tamil – Telugu bilinguals, preferring them over the dubbed versions. With the dubbed version of Mahesh Babu’s recent release Srimanthudu fairing well in Tamil, the actor seems to be eyeing the Kollywood market with two back-to-back bilinguals lined up for release. Tamil stars like Karthi and Arya, who had earlier tasted moderate success in Tollywood with their dubbed films, have also resorted to bilinguals with their upcoming films like Dhosth and Size Zero being simultaneously shot in both the languages. Another Magnus-opus period bilingual Ruthramadevi, which is touted to be made on a budget of sixty crores, would also ride on Anushka Shetty’s immense popularity in both the industries. Further, with the Tamil version of Gautham Vasudev Menon’s home production Courier Boy Kalyan and Kamal Haasan’s bilingual Thoongavanam scheduled for release in the coming months, the emphasis on catering to both set of audiences is loud and clear.
Meanwhile, AR Murugadoss is currently shooting for the Bollywood remake of the 2011 Tamil film Mouna Guru titled Akira with Sonakshi Sinha and Konkana Sen. He is expected to commence the Mahesh Babu project in early 2016. Interestingly, the director had recently expressed his wish to come up with a solid script for Vikram that would do complete justice to his acting skills. Sources also reveal that Murugadoss is in talks with Dhanush for a potential collaboration in 2016. It would be interesting to see which of these exciting projects actually materialize!