Hyderabad: Superstar Rajinikanth has been going through a tough time and his comments on Tamil leader Periyar at a recent event earned the wrath of the politician’s followers and several other people in the state. Many have been staging protests against Rajinikanth’s comments, but the actor came out and said that he will not apologise for his comments as he has only stated what had happened in the past. While a section of people are appreciating Rajinikanth for not backtracking, others state that he’s being arrogant because of which his political career might be in jeopardy.

Rajinikanth is unfazed by the criticisms and is currently prepping for the shooting of his upcoming film, which is tentatively titled Thalaivar 168. He will join the shoot in the last week of January for the film’s second schedule. Meanwhile, there are rumours doing the rounds regarding the film’s title. A fan-made poster bearing the title Mannavan is being widely circulated on social media. Many believe that Mannavan is the title of Rajinikanth’s film with director Siruthai Siva. However, sources close to the film’s unit revealed that it is not true.

According to reports, the makers of Thalaivar 168 has zeroed in on Annatha as the working title. Annatha is a colloquial word in Tamil and it means elder brother. Reportedly, the word Annatha will be repeated in a song composed by D Imman. An official confirmation regarding the film’s title is yet to be announced. Since this is a working title, the makers are also considering other titles.

Thalaivar 168 boasts an ensemble cast including Keerthy Suresh, Meena, Khushbu, Prakash Raj and Soori in the lead roles. A couple of days ago, we had reported that the team had approached Siddharth to play the role of a rebel in the film.

Pranita Jonnalagedda

A features journalist who started writing because of her love for newspapers, Pranita Jonnalagedda is now exploring the digital space where she writes extensively on Telugu cinema. After fulfilling a childhood dream of working in the newspapers with brief stints in The Times of India and The Deccan Chronicle, Pranita is now a freelancing journalist who has contributed to several leading news portals like Film Companion, The News Minute, DNA, Telugu 360 and The Hans India among several others. Exploring her joint love for films and writing, she covers cinema in a holistic style and covers all the related trends, news, and fashion developments. An alumnus of Osmania University College of Arts and Social Sciences from where she pursued her Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism, she is travel blogging when she isn't writing.

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