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Superstar Rajinikanth and Pa. Ranjith’s much anticipated movie Kabali hit screens last year and it took the box office by storm with some new records. If Kabali was based on Tamil people’s plight in Malaysia which was attributed as a real story of many Tamil-Malaysian citizens, then the upcoming venture of Rajini-Ranjith Combo too, is rumoured to be based on a real life character.
The yet to be untitled 161st movie of Thalaivar is said to be based on Mirza Haji Mastan.
Mastan Haider Mirza, fondly known as Haji Mastan was a Tamil Muslim who lived during 1926-1994. A Tamil Muslim by birth, Haji Mastan was fluent with Tamil and was managing with smattering of Hindi.
Mastan settled down in Mumbai (Erstwhile Bombay), who was known more for his smuggling, finance assistance for films and real estate activities. Born and brought up in a poor family, Haji Mastan dreamt of making it big in order to lead a luxurious life.
He later developed some real contacts at the national and international circuits stepping into the smuggling avenue and later carved a larger than life image to his own. Mastan had close intimacy, both professionally and personally with Varadharajan Mudaliyar as both hailed from Tamil Nadu and had a strong Tamil connect.
The description attached to Haji Mastan makes one feel that none other than Superstar Rajinikanth could reprise his role on screen. Haji Mastan was said to be clad with white clothing sporting white shoes, flaunting his Mercedes Benz and smoking expensive cigarettes thereby making him a style icon altogether.
Rajini was uber stylish in Kabali with an imaginary character, and now, reprising a person on screen who happened to be stylish by himself, it should be effortless and a piece of cakewalk for the Rajini-Ranjith combo.
Rajinikanth who is said to have completed the shooting Robo 2.O is free for now, and the shooting for his 161st movie would go on floors by May.
It is also believed that Rajinikanth would be seen in a double avatar and Khusboo, the Annamalai actress, has been roped in for an important character in the movie.
As a quick anecdote, if all goes well and Ranjith has penned the script around Haji Mastan’s character, then, it closes the loop of the powerful characters of two off-screen friends being portrayed by two on-screen friends.
Kamal Haasan had played Varadharajan Mudaliyar in his 1987 blockbuster, Nayagan and now, Superstar Rajinikanth to play Haji Mastan in 2017.
Wish Mastan Bhai attains the same success as Velu Nayakar.