Shankar with Vijay
Shankar with Thalapathy Vijay during the making of Nanban.Director Shankar website

Shankar, who has started working on Indian sequel, may not have plans to do a sequel to his hit movie Mudhalvan at this stage, but he is clear about casting the right hero in the flick.

The filmmaker was the guest on Shruti Haasan's Tamil chat show Hello Saga on Sun TV recently. When the host asked who would he like to cast if he ever makes a sequel to Mudhalvan, Shankar said that it would either be Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan. But the director pointed out that if the script demands a younger hero, then his choice will be Thalapathy Vijay.

It is interesting to note that Rajinikanth was the first choice to play the lead in Mudhalvan and the role was written keeping him in mind, but he was not happy to do such role at that point of time. The director approached Kamal Haasan, who was completely busy with Hey Ram. Later, the film was offered to Thalapathy, who turned down the flick for some reasons.

Finally, Arjun Sarja, who had earlier worked with Shankar in Mudhalvan, was brought on board, and rest is history. It was an anti-corruption film in which a journalist turns the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day.

The changes one can make with good intent was presently brilliantly by Shankar, who is basking in the success of Rajinikanth's 2.0 (the second instalment in the 'Robot' franchise), and the film was well-received by the audience.

Coming to Vijay, the actor had worked with Shankar in Nanban, a remake of Bollywood movie 3 Idiots.