The Bangalore based politician-entrepreneur-filmmaker has claimed that it was Rajinikanth who suggested the name of Tipu Sultan. His claim has come in a bid to silence his BJP contemporaries, who had voiced against his idea of making a film based on Tipu's life.
"I had suggested the name of Shivaji, but since he had fought some muslim rulers, Rajinikanth suggested we do a biopic on Tipu Sultan as he had a friendly relationship with people of all religions and was responsible for defeating the British army", Mr. Kheny has said in an interview to Times of India.
He has also said that Rajinikanth is an actor who belongs to everyone in this country and all have equal claim on him. And thus, the filmmaker has made his point loud and clear, with his only focus fixed at completing the script right now.
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Reason Behind The Opposition
It was reported that some BJP leaders had opposed the idea of making a biopic on Tipu Sultan as they believe the Indian ruler was responsible in killing and misplacing thousands of Hindus.
Few reports had also claimed that some prominent BJP leaders had threatened Rajinikanth with dire consequences, should he agree to feature in Ashok Kheny's film which promises to glorify Tipu Sultan.
Superstar Rajinikanth, who is busy shooting for his upcoming film Kabali, is yet to react to this ongoing controversy. As a matter of fact, he hasn't even opened up about the project in question.
High Budget Entertainer In Multiple Languages
If the project materializes, it would be a high budget entertainer, possibly India's costliest film ever made. It will also be shot in several languages including English for a worldwide reach.
Kabali Posters: A Huge Hit!
Meanwhile, the official first look posters of Rajinikanth's Kabali is being raved by fans across the globe. Two contrast posters depicting the Superstar's calmness in the first and his arrogance in the second has come across as a treat to all 'Thalaivar' fans.
Rithvika Bags A Role
Actress Rithvika who was seen in Madras, has reportedly bagged an important role in Kabali. The talented actress is expected to join the team shortly.