It’s complicated. But intriguing. Maybe more so than the film itself. But, it looks like the most creatively daring gender-switch ever achieved in an Indian film with the enterprising young filmmaker Soundarya Rajinikanth rewriting a role she conceived for her father for Bollywood’s spunkiest actress Kajol.
According to sources in the know, Soundarya’s original plan was to achieve a near-impossible casting coup in the Tamil film Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 with her legendary father Rajinikanth as the main antagonist opposite her brother-in-law Dhanush.
Given the bleak domestic picture, Soundarya quickly re-scripted Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, gender-reversing the antagonist’s character. Kajol is now the film’s pan-India USP as Dhanush, in spite of a successful Hindi launch in Aanand Rai’s Raanjhanaa, remains a non-entity outside the Tamil film industry.
A Hindi version of Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 is also being readied along with the original Tamil and dubbed Telugu versions. But, it is doubtful we will ever get to see Dhanush share screen space with his famous father-in-law.
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