Superstar Rajinikanth has two huge films lined up for release this year – 2.0 and Kaala. While the former is a sci-fi thriller directed by creative filmmaker Shankar, the latter is a mafia story directed by Pa Ranjith who will be teaming up with Rajinikanth for the second time after Kabali. ‘Kaala’ is being produced by Rajinikanth’s son-in-law and actor Dhanush under his own banner Wunderbar Films. The story of the film is set in an underworld backdrop and major portions have been shot in Mumbai. The makers haven’t yet confirmed the release date of the film however, the industry buzz is that it may hit screens in August this year. While this still stays unclear, reports are doing rounds that the film has found itself in plagiarism row after a Tamil assistant director approached a city court in Chennai regarding the story of the film. It was reported, many months ago, that a man named Rajasekharan had approached a city court and claimed that the story of ‘Kaala’ was written by him many years ago and had titled it ‘Karikaalan’, and it was copied by Ranjith for his film with Rajinikanth. The city court quashed the petition and said that there is no substantial evidence to prove it.
Recent reports reveal that Rajasekharan has now approached the Madras High Court regarding this and filed another petition about the plagiarism charges. According to a report in a leading tabloid, the High Court has sent notices to producer of ‘Kaala’ Dhanush, Rajinikanth and director Pa Ranjith, and has asked them to provide their explanations by February 12th, 2018. However, nothing has been officially confirmed by the production house or the makers.
Besides Rajinikanth, Kaala also stars few top Bollywood actors like Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Anjali Patil and Pankaj Tripathi. Kaala is said to be the story of an old don and is set in the slums of Mumbai’s Dhaaravi. Eswari Devi will be seen playing the role of Rajinikanth’s wife in Kaala while actor and filmmaker Samuthirakani will be seen playing an important role.