(This article is authored by Alar)
The first movie in the so-called "Lokesh Cinematic Universe" to turn heads is Kaithi, in which Karthi stars and plays the ex-prisoner Dhilli. The movie was released in 2019 and in 2020, Madhu Mantena and Reliance Entertainment announced that they had bagged the rights for a Hindi remake, in which Ajay Devgan will star and, intriguingly, Tabu will play a pivotal supporting role. Kaithi will bear the title 'Bholaa' in the hindi remake.
Karthi, who played the lead in Kaithi, said, "The makers were approached by many filmmakers from across the country for the remake rights. A lot of people called me and they wanted to buy the rights to Kaithi. But Ajay sir was the first one to get it. I’m really glad that he is doing the Hindi remake and directing it as well," the actor told PTI.
Pertinent to note that Karthi worked as an assistant director to Manirathnam to Ayutha Ezhuthu and its Hindi remake, 'Yuva', where Ajay played the main lead. He added, "When I worked in 'Yuva' as an assistant director, I saw him perform up close. I have always loved the intensity in his eyes and the way he is relaxed when he's performing a scene. He brings a certain intensity to all the characters that he plays. I also love when he does action. When he came in Gangubai Kathiawadi, I was clapping. So I know when he's going to play my character in Bholaa, he'll do an entirely different job," the actor said.
The lead role in Lokesh Kanagaraj's film Kaithi was originally intended for Mansoor Ali Khan. Sam C. S. is currently composing the background score. Sathyan Sooryan and Philomin Raj, respectively, handled the filming and editing. The movie debuted to enthusiastic reviews from critics and viewers, earning over 105 crores at the box office. The movie was additionally chosen for official screening at the Toronto International Indian Film Festival (IIFFT).