"Vijay ensured that Lal (Mohanlal) sir's name appears first on
the title card followed by his name. I believe he respects
seniority more than popularity, and therefore, requested me to not
place his name first on the title card," the film's director Nesan
While Vijay recently completed over two decades in the industry,
his Malayalee counterpart Mohanlal has over three decades of rich
experience in filmdom.
Mohanlal, however, wanted Vijay's name to appear first on the
"Lal sir also called me and asked me to place Vijay's name first
on title card because he is a superstar in Tamil cinema and the
film also happens to be in the same language. But Vijay sir was
headstrong that we don't have his name first on the screen," he
"Finally, we have decided to place Mohanlal sir's name first on
the title card," Nesan added.
Also featuring Mahat Raghavendra, Kajal Aggarwal, Nivedha Thomas, Soori, Sampath Raj and Pradeep Rawat in important roles, Jilla will hit the screens Jan 10, 2014.