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Did PS Mithran have Kamal Haasan in mind when he wrote Sardar?

Karthi’s Sardar will be released in Telugu, too, and is presented by Annapurna Studios.

Did PS Mithran have Kamal Haasan in mind when he wrote Sardar?
Clockwise: Karthi in Sardar, PS Mithran, Kamal Haasan
  • S Subhakeerthana

Last Updated: 03.43 PM, Oct 19, 2022


Karthi's Sardar will clash with Sivakarthikeyan's Prince at the box office, ahead of Deepavali. A trustworthy source claims that PS Mithran (of Irumbu Thirai-fame) was inspired by Kamal Haasan when writing Sardar. But we are not certain if the filmmaker pitched the idea to him.

It is no secret that PS Mithran is a fan of the actor-politician. (Proof: The director even asked Karthi to dub a few dialogues in the ‘Nayakan Kamal Haasan’ style, for which the former promised to comply with the request in whatever way he could.) In July, Mithran shared the video on Twitter, which went viral.

Karthi had two major films this year—Viruman and Ponniyin Selvan 1—and there are a lot of expectations for Sardar, which is billed as a spy thriller. It's a coincidence that this one will come out on the same day Nayakan did. (October 21, 1987)

Bankrolled by Prince Pictures and released by Udhayanidhi Stalin, the supporting cast of Sardar includes Raashii Khanna, Rajisha Vijayan, Chunky Panday, and Laila, among others. In the PS Mithran-directorial, Karthi has two distinct roles. Sardar, an elderly former agent, and Vijay Prakash, a police officer.

“Sardar is an Indian spy thriller without bikinis and six-packs. It is appropriate for all family audiences. We had to be careful and offer something new to the audience since we knew they would compare our film with every other spy thriller on Netflix and Amazon,” said Karthi.

The trailer gives us the impression that the main character is a master at disguise and not exactly simple to pin down.

“Today, to get validation from others, we post everything we do on social media. While spies, on the other hand, work without expecting anything in return. Is it possible to be so selfless? If someone like that exists, how will he be? Sardar explores all of these,” Karthi observed.

Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Chunky Panday is making his Tamil debut with Sardar, and he became sentimental about returning to Chennai for the movie after a 30-year absence: “Those days, we filmed Hindi movies in Chennai. The only thing that makes me unhappy is that the film is not getting released in Hindi. Sardar has a central theme that will resonate with people all around the nation.”

After Aayirathil Oruvan and Saguni, Sardar is the third film in which Karthi has collaborated with music composer GV Prakash Kumar.