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Kamal to share screen space with Japanese actor

Written by: By : Settu Shankar
Published: Monday, August 11, 2008, 12:07 [IST]

Without directly acting in a single movie or single scene in Japanese, Rajinikanth is ruling the Japan Box Office as one of the Superstars of the country for the past 10 years! All his Tamil Blockbusters have dubbed in Japanese and released in large number of theaters in Japan in these years. Muthu, Arunachalam and Padayappa have rocked Japanese Box Office with huge collections. Even Baba also ran well and collected a lot in Japan.

After seeing the facts and BO figures, now his professional arch rival but real life friend Kamal Hassan also decided to enter in to Japanese film world, but not with a dubbing version of his earlier films. He is going to share the screen space with Japan's number one actor Tadanobu Asano.

The film is set in Kerala and traces the origins of an ancient martial art form Kalarippayattu. Reported to be made on an estimated budget of 50 million dollars, the movie will be directed by Kamal's long time friend Bharat Bala, Producer of Hey Ram.

According to a Mumbai based news paper, AR Rehman has already been finalised to score the soundtrack while the search is on for a leading lady with an athletic built. Though Kamal's official spokesman Nikhil Murugan didn't deny the reports. He said that it was too early to disclose anything as Kamal was out of India.

To be made in three languages Japanese, Tamil and Hindi. The film aims to clear common misconceptions about martial arts.

Sources say during his interactions with Jackie Chan at the music launch of Dasavatharam the actor expressed his keenness to work in Asia cinema. Asano has starred in more than 50 Japanese films including Vital and Zatochi. Currently, the script is being worked on as the story set in ninth century BC requires extensive research. The film is expected to roll sometime next year, after the actor completed his big budgeted Marmayogi.

Topics: rajinikanth, tadanobu asano, muthu, marmayogi, hey ram, baba, padayappa, bharat bala
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