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Actor Arvind Swamy has reportedly been roped in to play the villain opposite Mega Power Star Ram Charan in the Telugu remake of "Thani Oruvan", and has been paid a record remuneration.

Arvind Swamy hogged the limelight with his sterling performance in director Mani Ratnam's 1992 movie "Roja", and later, he played the hero in several movies. Of late, he has been seen in supporting roles and recently thrilled the Tamil audience with his performance as the baddie in "Thani Oruvan", which is now being remade in Telugu with Ram Charan Teja in the lead.

Surender Reddy, who has directed movies like "Kick" and "Race Gurram", is working on the Telugu remake of "Thani Oruvan". Initially, he considered roping in Madhavan and Nara Rohit as the film's antagonist. But he finally roped in Arvind Swamy for it as he thinks he is perfect for it.

"The likes of Madhavan and Nara Rohit were also considered for the role initially. However, the makers felt Arvind was perfect for the role because of the conviction with which he performed in the original. He will be playing a suave, stylish villain who battles with brains," The Times of India quoted a source as saying.

The makers of the movie are said to be paying a hefty sum to Arvind Swamy. If we are to go by the buzz in the industry, the actor is being paid Rs 5 crore. 

"Thani Oruvan" is an action thriller film, which has been written by Subha and directed by Mohan Raja. The film revolves around the story of a police officer who wants to destroy the most corrupt person in the country, Siddharth Abhimanyu. Arvind Swamy has played Siddharth in the film and has won accolades for his performance.