The Nelson Dilipkumar-directed film has Karunada Chakravarthy Shivarajkumar in a pivotal cameo
On August 10, Superstar Rajinikanth’s much-awaited Jailer releases in theatres. Directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, who made last year’s Vijay-starrer Beast, Jailer, has been creating the right buzz on social media, not only because it is Rajinikanth’s next, but because of the rest of the cast as well. Jailer boasts names such as Mollywood star Mohanlal, Karunada Chakravarthy Shivarajkumar, Jackie Shroff, Ramya Krishnan, Sunil, Vinayakan, Kishore, among many others. Produced by Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Pictures, Jailer is an Anirudh musical, with the track Kaavaalaa already a runaway hit and reel favourite.
Made as a Tamil film, Jailer is being dubbed and released in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi as well. Shivarajkumar has dubbed for himself in the Kannada and Tamil versions and while fans have been hoping that Rajinikanth, who speaks fluent Kannada will do the needful for the Kannada version, there’s been no update on that. The film, according to reports, has Rajinikanth as Muthuvel Pandian, a compassionate yet super-smart jailer, under whose watch a gang attempts to rescue their leader. No prizes for guessing how that will go.
In Karnataka, the film is being released by Venkatesh of AV Media through Jayanna films. There is no update as to whether the distributors will consider early morning shows (EMS) considering Shivarajkumar’s presence in the film, but advance booking, we hear, will begin opening as early as Thursday, August 3. While Tamil Nadu also does not have early morning shows, in Kerala, Jailer is expected to have its first screening at 6 am. The film was to have UK premieres on August 9, but that also remains unconfirmed as of now.
Shivarajkumar’s cameo in Jailer is supposed to be all of 10-11 minutes duration and it was initially thought that there could be a Mufti/Bhairathi Ranagal connect, but that’s not the case. The buzz is that he plays an antagonist called Narasimha.