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Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe shoot delayed, director Siva begins work on next with Suriya

It is now reported that the shooting of Annaatthe will only resume in June, after the Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

Rajinikanth, Siva, Suriya

Haricharan Pudipeddi

The shooting of Rajinikanth's Tamil film Annaatthe has been postponed by a few months owing to the superstar's health condition, according to reports. This has apparently forced director Siva to begin the pre-production work for his next as-yet-untitled project with Suriya.

Suriya and Siva are coming together for the first time for a project which will be bankrolled by Sun Pictures.

Suriya’s project was only supposed to begin after the release of Annaatthe. However, following the sudden dip in Rajinikanth’s health — the actor was hospitalized for a few days last month with fluctuating blood pressure — the film’s shoot has been postponed.

A Cinema Express report said Siva has commenced work on Suriya’s project. It added that the shooting of Annaatthe will only resume in June, after the Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

On the career front, Suriya has multiple projects in his kitty. He was recently seen in the Tamil biographical drama Soorarai Pottru (2020), which skipped a theatrical release and was premiered directly on Amazon Prime Video. The film is based on the life of Captain GR Gopinath of Air Deccan.

Suriya recently completed shooting for the upcoming Netflix Original film Navarasa. This project marks his reunion with director Gautham Menon after many years. They had previously worked together on the Tamil films Kaakha Kaakha (2003) and Vaaranam Aayiram (2008).

Navarasa is a joint venture between Netflix India and filmmaker Mani Ratnam, who is bankrolling the project along with filmmaker Jayendra. The film will feature nine shorts directed by nine filmmakers on the theme of nine ‘rasas’. The project marks the digital debut of Suriya and Vijay Sethupathi.

Suriya also has a project each with filmmakers Vetrimaaran and Pandiraj.