The inclusion of veteran film-maker Mahendran in Ilayathalapathy Vijay's upcoming film Theri, raised a few eyebrows as the Mullum Malarum director hadn't appeared in movies before.
But, sources close to the much awaited film have said that the 76-year-old has delivered a powerful performance in the movie and that his role in the Atlee directorial is vital.
It is said that Mahendran will essay the role of a corrupt Minister in the film. Going by the trailer, it looks like he will play the main antagonist and his clash with Vijay may turn out to be the most important aspect of Theri.
Meanwhile, the film, which has been bankrolled by Kalaipuli S Thanu, is doing just fine when it comes to the pre-release business.
We had earlier informed you about distributors lapping up the overseas theatrical rights of the movie. Now, it is said that director Ameer has acquired the rights for Madurai region.
In Kerala, Friday Film House and Carnival Motion Pictures have bought the theatrical rights of the film for an undisclosed price.
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