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Will wait for theatres to reopen for Dhanush's Jagame Thandhiram, says director Karthik Subbaraj

The film, which was to hit the theatres on 1 May, is not looking to be released on an OTT platform like Jyotika's Ponmagal Vandhal and Keerthy Suresh's Penguin.  

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj has confirmed that his upcoming Tamil film Jagame Thandhiram (2020), which features Dhanush in the lead, will not be heading for a direct OTT release but will wait for theatres to reopen. The film was originally scheduled to release on 1 May but was postponed due to the lockdown. 

In a media interaction ahead of the release of his forthcoming production venture, Penguin (2020), Karthik opened up on the release of Jagame Thandhiram. “As of now, the producer has no plan to give the film for direct OTT release. We are certain that when theatres reopen, audiences will throng to watch movies. We will release our film in cinemas once normalcy returns,” he said. 

Jagame Thandhiram, which marks the maiden collaboration of Dhanush and Karthik, has been predominantly shot in London apart from a few other locales in the UK. 

On the completion of the project, Dhanush had tweeted: “That’s a wrap for D 40. One of the quickest films I have done. It was a pleasure to work with such a quirky, sensible and visionary filmmaker like Karthik Subbaraj. This one is going to be special.”

Last November, the team returned to India after shooting non-stop in London for 64 days. The producer, Sashikanth had said that it was the longest schedule he has ever worked on in any film. 

An action thriller with gangster elements, the film features Aishwarya Lekshmi as the leading lady. Games of Thrones and Braveheart fame actor, James Cosmo plays a pivotal role in the film apart from Kalaiarasan and Joju George.

Meanwhile, Dhanush has a busy lineup of projects in hand. The actor has Karnan (2020), a project by Mari Selvaraj in hand. The first glimpse of the actor from the film was recently unveiled, in which he as seen wielding a sword. 

Dhanush also has a project each with director Ramkumar and Aanand L Rai in his kitty. Both films will take off next year.