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It’s roll, camera and action for Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam film Thug Life; see video

Thug Life, starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role, will see the actor collaborate with veteran director Mani Ratnam after Nayakan.

It’s roll, camera and action for Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam film Thug Life; see video
Poster of Thug Life

Last Updated: 12.31 PM, Jan 24, 2024


We had previously reported that multi-faceted actor Kamal Haasan will be collaborating with ace director Mani Ratnam for a film titled Thug Life. The makers, on Wednesday, took to social media to announce that the film has gone on floors.

The makers released a video introducing the previously announced cast and crew members and saying that the shooting has begun. Thug Life features a star ensemble and boasts actors from different South Indian film industries. Besides Kamal Haasan, Thug Life stars Jayam Ravi, Dulquer Salmaan, Trisha, Joju George, Gautham Karthik, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Abhirami, and Nasser, among others.


Previously, the makers of Thug Life released a video announcing the title of the film. It saw Kamal introduce himself as Rangaraya Sakthivel Nayakan as he beat up a group of goons. He is also seen saying that he is a yakuza, translating to a gangster in Japanese.

Who is the team behind Thug Life?

Thug Life is directed by Mani Ratnam, who is reteaming up with Kamal Haasan after the duo made the cult classic Nayakan. The 1987 film featured the actor as a gangster and his various stages of life. Thug Life has music scored by AR Rahman, who has worked with both veterans on a number of projects. The upcoming project is backed by Kamal’s home banner, Raaj Kamal Films International and Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies.

The technical crew consists of cinematographer Ravi K Chandran, Sreekar Prasad handling the edits, and the AnbAriv duo serving as stunt coordinators. Eka Lakhani, who worked in Ponniyin Selvan duology, will design the costumes. A release date for the film has yet to be announced by the makers.

What are Kamal Haasan’s other projects?

Kamal Haasan was last seen in Vikram, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and made a brief voice appearance in Leo. The actor has Indian 2 coming up with director Shankar. A release date is yet to be announced. Besides Thug Life, Kamal is set to collaborate with director H Vinoth for a film and with stunt coordinators AnbAriv duo for a film tentatively titled KH237.

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