South star to play villain in Chennai Express


Rohit has shortlisted a few names. The person will definitely be a Tamil actor who is a very big name down South

– A source

If everything goes according to plan, Shah Rukh Khan will be flexing his muscles against a successful South star in his next. Director Rohit Shetty is planning to rope in one of the reigning actors down South to play the villain for his next directorial venture, Chennai Express.

"Rohit has shortlisted a few names. The person will definitely be a Tamil actor who is a very big name down South. The confirmation is expected soon," says our source. Apart from the villain, around 50 actors, who form the part of an ensemble cast in this film, are also from the South film industry. The director specifically chose these actors as the film is about the journey from Mumbai to Rameswaram (Chennai) and he wanted to retain the authenticity of the characters. Previously, too, the director had hired Marathi actors in the Ajay Devgn-starrer Singham as the film was set in Maharashtra.

Produced by Disney UTV, Chennai Express stars Deepika Padukone as the female lead and rolls out by the end of September. This film will be shot in several parts of India including Mumbai, Wai and Kerala.

No disclaimer for Heroine

The Delhi High Court has upheld UTV's appeal against the I&B Ministry's order to display an anti-smoking disclaimer whenever any character in Heroine lights up on screen.

A letter from the I&B Ministry instructed the CBFC to advise film-makers to have a voiceover of the actor seen smoking in their film, in addition to an anti-smoking message to run during the smoking scene. As Kareena Kapoor's character is seen smoking during 50 per cent of the movie, UTV had appealed against the I&B Ministry's dictate. While, Kareena Kapoor's voiceover will be retained, there will be no anti-smoking disclaimer for any smoking sequences. An official statement from UTV Motion Pictures said, "We are happy that the High Court has seen the merit in our case and upheld our appeal. We respect the guidelines issued by the Ministry but our request was that they should be made applicable to films that are now going into production and not to films like Heroine that had already completed production when the new guidelines were issued."

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