Pre-Production work on Rajini 161 is underway. The film is expected to roll out ​from May 28​. The film’s director is Pa.Ranjith who is doing his second consecutive film with the Superstar after Kabali.

The film’s music will be composed by Santhosh Narayanan who has composed for all of Pa.Ranjith’s films like Attakathi and Madras. He also composed the music for Kabali. Two songs Neruppu da and Mayanadhi were widely appreciated from the album.

Reports say that a huge slum set has been ​erected for the film. Similar to Kabali, the film will be a gangster flick. Rajini 161 is bankrolled by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films.​ Rumors say that Dhanush may play a special cameo in the film.​