Truly, megastar Amitabh Bachchan is the icon for the icons. We have said earlier that Mr. Bachchan is highly influential in shaping the stardom of south sensation Rajinikanth who has worked in 12 (if we also take BAASHA (1995) which highlights it resemblance to Mr. Bachchan's (1991) blockbuster HUM) remakes of blockbusters starring Amitabh Bachchan in lead.
The gangster drama expected to release by the second half of next year will see Rajinikanth playing underworld don Haji Mastan – yes today’s young generation’s popular Sultan Mirza played by Ajay Devgn from Milan Luthria’s 2010 hit ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI.
The untitled film which is according to our source is expected to make an official announcement next month is not a spinoff of KABALI as speculated earlier, it will be a gangster drama based on the life of Haji Mastan – the Tamilan born in Panaikulam, Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu who became Mumbai’s first celebrity gangster.
Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan’s character Vijay from his cult DEEWAR is inspired from Haji Mastan. It is said that during those times Mr. Bachchan’s dark intense eyes drew similarities with Haji Mastan eyes in real and Milan Luthria’s film even mentions this fact in a scene that features Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut.
Adding more to the nostalgia, Rajinikanth’s remakes of Amitabh Bachchan also includes THEE, the 1981 Tamil blockbuster had Rajinikanth playing Bachchan’s character from DEEWAR (1979), such is the influence that even the costumes of Rajinikanth in THEE and Bachchan in DEEEWAR are same.
Our source reveals that Dhanush’s banner Wunderbar Films will be backing this project in which Vidya Balan is getting considered to play opposite Rajinikanth.
While there is no official confirmation on this but if this happens then Mr. Bachchan will again prove that he is the icon for the icons like Rajinikanth again and again.