It's confirmed. Vijay's 60th movie will be helmed by none other than Bharathan and he has snatched away Ilayathalapathy's flick from some of the leading Kollywood filmmakers.
As many as eight directors were in the race to bag Vijay's 60th movie. The actor has been cautiously discussing ideas and scripts with various directors. Samuthikirani, Hari, Karthik Subbaraj, Mohan Raja, Prabhu Deva and Sasikumar had approached the actor with their stories.
In the end, it was Bharathan, who walked away with the opportunity to direct Vijay.
The movie will be bankrolled by Vijaya Productions, which had earlier funded Ajith Kumar's "Vedalam". KL Praveen will be the editor of the movie; other details are under wraps.
Editor Praveen has confirmed it on Twitter. He posted, "Yes guys. It is true. Im on board for #Ilayathalapathy #vj60 super excited for the racy script. I thank #vijay sir and #bharathan sir."
However, Vijay opting for Bharathan's film has surprised the industry as he had the option of picking up any project.
It is said that the actor was impressed by the racy story narrated by Bharathan. They had earlier worked in "Azhagiya Tamizh Magan", which also featured Shriya Saran and Namitha in the lead roles. It has to be noted that this movie had failed to click at the box office.
In recent times, stars have shown a preference for young filmmakers. Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have also opened up to work with inexperienced directors. Even Vijay's "Puli" and his forthcoming untitled movie by Atlee are by budding filmmakers. Hence, this move of Ilayathalapathy does not come as a surprise.
Meanwhile, Vijay is busy with his untitled film. Currently, the film unit is busy shooting in Goa. An action sequence is being shot in which Amy Jackson is also taking part. The "Thuppakki" star will kick-start his 60th movie early next year.