In Chandramukhi 2, meet Raghava Lawrence as the cold-hearted and ruthless king Vettaiyan Raja, a role previously portrayed by Superstar Rajinikanth.
Lyca Productions unveiled the first look poster of the much-anticipated movie Chandramukhi 2 on Monday. The poster featured Raghava Lawrence as the cold-hearted and ruthless king, Vettaiyan Raja, a role previously portrayed by Superstar Rajinikanth.
In the striking poster, Raghava Lawrence's Vettaiyan could be seen descending the grand staircase of his palace, exuding arrogance and an evil grin. The actor seems to have infused his own quirkiness into the iconic character, promising a fresh take on one of the most beloved roles in the history of Tamil cinema. Upon sharing the poster, Lawrence expressed his gratitude to Rajinikanth for his blessings and support in taking on this significant role.
However, the challenge for Lawrence is undeniable, as he steps into the shoes of Rajinikanth, whose performance as Vettaiyan was the highlight of the original Chandramukhi. The 2005 blockbuster's success rested largely on Rajinikanth's portrayal of the character, showcasing his signature style and energy, leaving audiences spellbound. The dynamic chemistry between Rajinikanth and Jyothika further elevated the film to iconic status.
Chandramukhi itself is a remake of the Kannada hit Apthamitra, which was originally inspired by the Malayalam classic Manichithrathazhu. Director P Vasu, who helmed the original and its sequel Aptharakshaka in 2010, returns to direct Chandramukhi 2. It remains unclear whether Chandramukhi 2 will follow the storyline of Aptharakshaka or present a completely new narrative for Tamil audiences.
Chandramukhi 2 is set to have a pan-Indian release during the festive season of Ganesh Chaturthi . Given that it stars Kangana Ranaut as the female lead, the film has an edge in the Hindi belt.
Apart from Raghava Lawrence and Kangana Ranaut, Chandramukhi 2 boasts a star-studded supporting cast, including Radhika Sarathkumar, Vadivelu, Lakshmi Menon, and Mahima Nambiar.