Jagapati Babu
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Telugu actor Jagapati Babu is set to return to Kollywood after Rajinikanth-starrer "Lingaa." He will be playing the role of an antagonist in Vijay's 60th movie, which will be directed by Bharathan.

The actor was signed after much deliberation, a source told the Times of India. He will have a new look in the upcoming Tamil movie, which is presently referred to as "Vijay 60." Jagapati Babu dons the character of a merciless villain in the flick, the daily adds.

Of late, Jagapati Babu has been doing a lot of negative roles. It was all started after Telugu superstar Balakrishna's "Legend," following which he has started getting offers to play the role of baddies. It may be recalled that he was seen as a corrupt Member of Parliament (MP) in multilingual South Indian movie "Lingaa."

However, apart from Vijay and Jagapati Babu, Keerthy Suresh has been signed in and she will play the main female lead in the flick. Other cast members are yet to be finalised. The Tamil movie has Santhosh Narayanan's music, Sukumar's cinematography and Praveen KL's editing. Vairamuthu will pen songs for most of the numbers. 

Currently, Bharathan is busy finalising the locations for "Vijay 60" and the movie will be shot in both rural and urban set-ups. 

Bharathan had earlier directed Ilayathalapathy in "Azhagiya Tamizh Magan," which failed to live up to the audience's expectations. He is now hoping to deliver a hit with "Vijay 60."

The movie had its muhurat in January and the makers have plans to start the regular shooting in May. 

Meanwhile, Vijay's other movie "Theri" is getting ready for its audio release, which is likely to take place March 20. Atlee Kumar's film has Samantha and Amy Jackson in the female leads and will hit the screens in April.