Rajinikanth to play Haji Mastan in his next with director Pa Ranjith?

He also financed Bollywood films. The film will be bankrolled by Dhanush’s home production banner Wunderbar Films. 2017-04-21T14:52:39+00:00″>
Published:April 21, 2017 2:52 pm

Rajinikanth may play a role based on real-life gangster in his next. The pre-production work of his second collaboration with Ranjith is underway in Chennai and the film will go on the floors next month. Rajinikanth, meanwhile, has completed his portions for his upcoming film 2.0, which is directed by Shankar. A dreaded criminal in the eyes of the law, he reportedly enjoyed celebrity status among the poor in Mumbai. Mastan Haider Mirza was popularly known as Haji Mastan, Bawa and Sultan Mirza. He dominated the underworld scene of the city for almost 20 years. The filmmakers are yet to disclose the full cast and crew of this project. He spoke Tamil fluently. Reports suggested that the untitled flick, which will be set in the backdrop of Mumbai, will be based on the life of gangster Haji Mastan. After delivering a cult hit like Baasha, Rajinikanth only played roles of ideal son, leader, brother and a citizen with no shades of grey. He was an associate of gangsters Karim Lala and Varadarajan Mudaliar who graduated into smuggling and real estate business. However, for a change, unlike Baasha and Kabali, his role is reportedly inspired by a real-life gangster. Speculations were rife that Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has been tapped to play the female lead in the film. But, his fans were in for a treat to see him as an ageing gangster in Kabali. He was also the mentor of Dawood Ibrahim. Rajinikanth returned to the big screen as a gangster with last year’s Kabali after more than two decades. The latest industry buzz is that superstar Rajinikanth will be playing a gangster again in his upcoming film with director Pa Ranjith. It is worth noting that Ajay Devgan played a role based on Haji Mastan in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, which came out in 2010. He was a Tamil Muslim who migrated to Mumbai when he was eight along with his father. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd The film is slated for a Diwali release this year. However, there is no official confirmation as yet on whether or not Rajinikanth will be playing a role inspired by the life of Haji Mastan.