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STR 48: Kamal Haasan's RKFI backs out of Silambarasan-Desingh Periyasamy project?

STR 48, the upcoming Silambarasan and Desingh Periyasamy film is reportedly in trouble now, after Kamal Haasan’s home banner RKFI backed out from bankrolling from the project.

STR 48: Kamal Haasan's RKFI backs out of Silambarasan-Desingh Periyasamy project?

Silambarasan, Kamal Haasan and Desingh Periyasamy.

Last Updated: 09.52 AM, Jul 08, 2024

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Silambarasan made a successful comeback to films after a prolonged low phase, with back-to-back blockbusters Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu and Maanaadu. As reported earlier, STR is set to team up with young filmmaker Desingh Periyasamy for an ambitious period action film, very soon. The project, which is tentatively titled STR 48, is bankrolled by Kamal Haasan’s home banner RKFI (Raaj Kamal Films Internationa). However, the grapevine suggests that RKFI backed out of the Silambarasan starrer, leaving the film in trouble.

Silambarasan’s STR 48 in trouble after Kamal Haasan’s RKFI backs out?

STR 48 is set to be released in two parts.
STR 48 is set to be released in two parts.

According to the rumour mills, STR 48 landed in trouble after Kamal Haasan’s home production banner RKFI backed out of the project. The grapevine suggests that the banner decided to quit the Desingh Periyasamy directorial due to its funding issues. If the reports are to be believed, both Silambarasan and director Desingh are now in talks with a couple of leading Tamil production banners to take over the project. However, none of these reports are officially confirmed yet.

Silambarasan and Kamal Haasan at RKFI office.
Silambarasan and Kamal Haasan at RKFI office.

The speculations on RKFI’s withdrawal from STR 48 started doing rounds after the shooting of the film, which was supposed to commence in February 2024, was delayed indefinitely. After the project was put on hold, Silambarasan joined the star cast of Thug Life, the upcoming Mani Ratnam directorial which stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role. If the rumours are to be true, this is the second RKFI project that failed to take off this year. Previously, the banner had dropped the Kamal Haasan starrer which was supposed to be directed by H Vinoth, due to undisclosed reasons.

Silambarasan replaced Dulquer Salmaan to play a key role in Thug Life.
Silambarasan replaced Dulquer Salmaan to play a key role in Thug Life.

STR 48 – Here's what we know

The untitled film, which is touted to be a period action film, is being made in two parts. From Keerthy Suresh and Pooja Hegde to Janhvi Kapoor, many popular actresses were rumoured to be in talks to play the female lead opposite Simbu in the film. According to the reports, Silambarasan is set to play a triple role in the Desingh Periyasamy film, as the protagonist, the villain, and a transgender character. The rest of the star cast and technical crew are not finalised, yet.

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