When Kamal Haasan decides to work on something, he makes every last effort left in him to improve the quality of his work, and everyone who knows him agrees with this. We recently did some very interesting articles around Marudhanayagam, a KH film that could put Indian cinema on the World map earlier than Baahubali, RRR.
But today, we will talk about how Kamal wanted a film to be made so badly that he started with Rishi Kapoor and ended with Saif Ali Khan as the lead hero. Not just these two, actors like Ajith Kumar, Jackie Chan, Salman Khan, Mohanlal, Katrina Kaif and Ravi Teja were also said to have been approached for it.
Can you imagine the level of scale it would be if Kamal Haasan was able to convince some rich producers that it was a great idea? Oh, this article started when I researched Kamal replacing Sunny Deol in Ghatak. But that’s an exciting story for another day.
From Rishi Kapoor to Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan!
Today, we will talk about the adventures of Thalaivan Irukkiraan and how it was almost made in Hindi with the title ‘Amar Hai.’ Still, the script turned out to be ‘too political’ for the producers to invest. It started in 2008 when Kamal approached actors like Rishi Kapoor, Mohanlal, and Venkatesh to be a part of the film.
Trisha and Shriya Saran (who originally starred in Marmayogi, another shelved project of Kamal Haasan) have been retained so that KH can use their allotted dates from the previously shelved film. Things soon went south after Kamal Haasan registered the film’s title with his production house called Raaj Kamal Films International.
Kamal Haasan even approached Jackie Chan!
All went quiet for four years, but in 2012, Haasan returned with reports that he would produce the film with Shankar directing, starring Jackie Chan, Salman Khan, Prabhas and Asin. Again, due to some unreported issues, the film could not include more producers as it was a high budget drama.
Again, after a few years, in 2015, it was said that Saif Ali Khan would be starting with Kamal Haasan in the film and things like “a contemporary story, dealing with politics, finance, and the underworld” and “an action film with a lot of emotion” he was told. KH even compared it to Brian De Palma’s 1987 classic The Untouchables.
Cities like Mumbai and Delhi in India, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States were shortlisted to shoot the film. But, alas! Once again, things fell silent, and all hope was lost. Since then, Kamal Haasan has not given any update about this, and just like Marudhanayagam, we wish that even Thalaivan Irukkiraan would see the light of day sometime in the future.
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