- The official statement has clarified that the upcoming film of Rajini, which is tentatively called Thalaivar 161, is not based on the life of Haji Mastan as suggested by some media reports.
- Haji Mastan's 'foster' son Sundar Shaekhar sent a legal notice to Rajinikanth asking the actor not to portray his father as a "smuggler and an underworld don".
- The film will mark the reunion of Ranjith and Rajinikanth as they have previously worked together in "Kabali".
The makers of Rajinikanth's upcoming film have clarified that their project was not based on the life of Mumbai's underworld don, Haji Masthan.
There were reports that the south superstar would play the role of the gangster, who lived between 1926 and 1994, in his next film with Pa Ranjith.
Sundar Shaekhar, who claims to be the adopted son of Masthan, has also threatened Rajinikanth and asked him not to depict Masthan as a 'smuggler and an underworld don'.
The production house, Wunderbar Films, has released a statement to put an end to speculation. "In order to respond to the letter sent by Sundar Shekhar Mishra, the adopted son of Haji Masthan to Rajinikanth, we
hereby say that the movie does not trace the life history of any individual.
"In particular, the movie is not based on the life of Haji Masthan," the statement read. The film will mark the reunion of Ranjith and Rajinikanth as they have previously worked together in "Kabali".
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:46 PM IST