We all know the adulation that Raghava Lawrence has for Rajinikanth. The choreographer-actor-director is all set to remake another classic movie of the Superstar — Mannan (1992), the film that enjoyed a good run at the box-office.
If the grapevine is anything to go by, director P Vasu, who helmed the original version, will be directing this as well. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Vadivelu will reprise Goundamani’s role and Kovai Sarala will reprise Manorama’s role! However, official confirmation is awaited on the same.
In Mannan, Rajinikanth made a foray into playback singing. The movie became a huge hit because he represented the working class as a labourer. It also brought in a lot of accolades for Vijayashanti, who was the top heroine in both Tamil and Telugu film industries at that time. She towered over Rajinikanth’s performance easily.
But it is not known who’ll be seen in Vijayashanti’s and Khushbu’s characters. While we hear the outline of the story is same, the content will be tweaked to suit the taste of the modern-day audience. This entertainer will be funded by Sivaji Productions.
When it was released, the film shocked the audiences as it had a scene where Vijayshanti slapped the Superstar. She is perhaps the only heroine who slapped Rajinikanth in a film, while playing the lead in the same film and escaped unscathed. Mannan is one of the movies that defined Rajinkanth the actor!
Vijayshanti played the role of a factory owner, whose pride takes a beating when her employee Krishnan (Rajini) challenges her candidacy in the union elections. This starts a series of events where she ends up marrying Krishnan, just to punish him. What follows after forms rest of the plot.
Raghava is also working on another Rajini classic, Moondru Mugam (1982), in which the Superstar played triple characters. As far as both the projects are concerned, details of the cast and crew haven’t been finalised yet.
Previously, there were rumours that Vijay will be starring in Mannan remake, which would be directed by KS Ravikumar. Soon, we may expect Lawrence to meet Superstar and seek his wishes.