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Imran Khan as Sriram Venkat
Kareena Kapoor Khan as Dia Sharma
Shraddha Kapoor as Shabbu Patel
Esha Gupta in item number
Nizhalgal Ravi as father of Sriram Venkat
Development & casting
The movie was announced in 2011, however was delayed due to casting issues. The movie was initially to star Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan. Khan backed out of the project as he was unhappy with the script, and the movie was subsequently offered to Shahid Kapoor. Shahid Kapoor also had scripting issues, and Sonam Kapoor left the project as she didn't want the public to think she was cast due to her relationship with the director. Imran Khan then returned to the project, and Kareena Kapoor was signed as the lead actress. Later Shraddha Kapoor joined the cast in a supporting role. Earlier, actress Nargis Fakhri had been signed on for an item number in the film, however, due to shooting conflicts, Esha Gupta was then cast as a replacement.
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Rajnikanth as Kochadaiiyaan and Rana
Deepika Padukone as Vadhana Devi
Rajinikanth's next film, after Shankar's Enthiran (2010), was supposed to be Rana, a historical drama film to be directed by K. S. Ravikumar and dually-produced by Soundarya R. Ashwin's Ocher Picture Productions and Eros Entertainment. However, Rajinikanth became ill and was treated for dehydration and exhaustion at a hospital, resulting in postponement of Rana's filming. On 23 November 2011, for her maiden directorial project, Soundarya tweeted through her Twitter account, notifying followers to watch out for an official announcement. The following day, she announced that her father's next film would be titled Kochadaiyaan and that she was "[grateful and] excited to be directing [her] father". A tentatively scheduled release period of August 2012 was also announced. The film was finalised to be a co-production of Eros Entertainment and Media One Global. Soundarya further stated that K. S. Ravikumar had worked with her father and herself on the script of the film. With regards to the film's title, Ravikumar claimed that it drew reference to an alternate name of Hindu deity Shiva, while also being partly inspired by the name of the Pandya Dynasty king Kochadaiyan Ranadhiran, and that the plot would be a fictional account with small references to Indian history. The director clarified that Kochadaiiyaan was not related to the same-titled history series being published by the Tamil magazine Kumudam. In May 2012, Soundarya announced that Kochadaiiyaan is a prequel to Rana.
For the female lead role, Anushka Shetty was initially approached, but sources confirmed later that she was not part of the film. It was then rumoured that Asin Thottumkal and Vidya Balan were being considered for the role, since producers preferred a Bollywood actress. Soundarya R. Ashwin approached Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif in January 2012, who was not able to give her dates and the team reapproached Balan. Despite reports that Kaif was finalised, Deepika Padukone, who was slated to pair with Rajinikanth in Rana, took up the offer in February 2012, marking her debut in Tamil cinema. The film began to increase its casting profile after Malayalam actor Prithviraj was rumoured to have been signed to play an important role in the film. The rumour was falsified following the inclusion of Aadhi, who was known for his lead-role performances in Mirugam (2007) and Eeram (2009), in the cast; when he confirmed his presence in the project, he remarked that working with Rajinikanth was "a realisation of a dream that he has had since childhood". Sneha was reported to be finalised for a supporting role, with the actress confirming her presence in the film in December 2011. She, however, opted-out a couple months later citing conflicts in her schedule and Rukmini Vijayakumar, who made her debut in the film Bommalattam (2008), was signed in her place. R. Sarathkumar accepted Soundarya's offer for an important role in the film while veteran actor Nassar was recruited in the film as well for a supporting role.
Furthermore, Shobana and Lakshmi Manchu were said to be considered for a role in the film. Soundarya confirmed that the former was added to the cast saying that she was the "only choice for the role" as the character was written keeping her in mind. Soundarya disclaimed the rumour that Aishwarya Rai was chosen to do a guest appearance in the film. Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, who was last seen in Tamil cinema playing a crucial role in the critically acclaimed Aaranya Kaandam (2011), was also signed up for an antagonistic role. Shroff immediately gave his consent, when the cast and the technical scope of Kochadaiiyaan were revealed to him.
Peter Hein was chosen as the film's action choreographer, while A. R. Rahman agreed to compose the film's background score and soundtrack. Rajiv Menon was recruited as the film's cinematographer. Soundarya invited art professionals to send their work as she was forming an art department for Kochadaiiyaan. She handpicked 42 students from Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai for the task, besides 50 experienced persons from the Jacob College of Fine Arts. 60 concept artistes were already reportedly working for the film.
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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Maya
K. S. Jayalaxmi
Arya in a special appearance
Sadha in a special appearance
Sundar.C as Narrator
Initially it was announced that Samantha Ruth Prabhu will do this movie . Hansika Motwani was approached to play the lead female role but could not sign the film due to unavailability of dates. Later Karthika Nair was roped in to essay the character of the love interest of Vishal, who was said to be playing a triple role for the first time in his career. In a turn of events, Karthika opted out of the project citing that the script had undergone major changes and revealed that Vishal would only play a single role, as well as there being an addition of an extra lead actress. Anjali replaced her in the film, and soon after the makers announced that Taapsee Pannu was approached to play one of the two lead female roles.
Sadha shot for an item number in the film, while Prakash Raj and Nithin Sathya were signed on in supporting roles. Taapsee has opted out of the film and was replaced by Varalakshmi Sarathkumar. Sonu Sood plays a leading industrialist who wants to step into politics to taste power. Arya is likely to do a cameo in this film.
The film's theatrical trailer released along with Podaa Podi in theaters and earned mostly positive response from audience. It was planned for a 2013 Pongal release but it has been postponed to Tamil Puthandu due to Vishal's other film Samar's release on the same date. The film will be released on 6 September 2013, along with its Telugu-dubbed version NTR (Nataraja Thaney Raja). Sundar C’s ‘Madha Gaja Raja’ has been confirmed. The movie has been lying in the cans for a long time and finally the production house has decided to release the movie on September 6th. In August 2013, the film's tagline "MGR" was removed, in order to avoid controversies. The movie will be released in 800+ screens all over the world. As per TV promo, the release date has been changed indefinitely due to Gemini's.
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s)
1. "Chikku Bukku" Annamalai Chinna Ponnu
2. "My Dear Loveru" Pa. Vijay Vishal
3. "Nee Dhana Nee Dhana" Pa. Vijay Vijay Antony
4. "Sattru Mun Varai" Annamalai Santhosh Hariharan
5. "Thumbakki Thumbai" Pa. Vijay Vijay Antony