Prakash Raj, who was suffering from an injury, had asked the director to choose another actor for the role which was written for him
Arun Vijay, Samuthirakani and Hari
The shooting of Arun Vijay-starrer, tentatively ttiled AV33, directed by Hari, is going on at a brisk pace in Karaikudi, Thoothukudi, Pazhani and Rameswaram. The film, which has Priya Bhavani Shankar playing the female lead, was supposed to have Prakash Raj in a prominent role. However, the veteran actor-filmmaker has been replaced by Samuthirakani, after the former who got injured, informed the makers of AV33 about his difficulty in joining the team.
A source says, "Prakash Raj, who was suffering from shoulder injury, was getting treated at a hospital at Hyderabad. He informed Hari about the situation and asked him to choose another actor for the role which was written for him. With no option left, the team decided to replace him with Samuthirakani, who has already joined shooting." Prakash was seen in pivotal roles in the director's Ayya, Singam and Venghai earlier.
Samuthirakani, will be seen playing Arun Vijay's brother in the movie, which is billed as the biggest project in the latter's career. Set against the backdrop of a village, the untitled movie, which has a bevy of actors, is a family entertainer with ample action sequences, something which the director is known for.
Radikaa Sarathkumar, who had earlier acted in a few movies of Hari, is another actor who will be seen in a crucial role in the movie, which also has Yogi Babu, KGF fame Ram, Imman Annachi, Ammu Abhirami and Thalaivaasal Vijay among others. The project was recently in the news when the makers announced that veteran lyricist-filmmaker Gangai Amaren is returning to acting with the film.
This is the first time Arun Vijay is teaming up with Hari, who has had Suriya, Vikram and Vishal playing protagonists in most of his films. Musician-turned-actor GV Prakash is also composing for the first time for a project directed by Hari. Gopinath cranks the camera for AV33, which has editing by Antony and action sequences being choreographed by Anl Arasu.