This is the season of sequels and the latest update is that there could be a sequel to Panchathanthiram, one of the cult films of Kamal Haasan.
Director KS Ravikumar, who directed Panchathanthiram back in 2002, has hinted at a possible sequel. The director let slip this information during the pre-release meet of Sudeep’s Mudinja Ivana Pudi.
Written by Crazy Mohan, the film featured Kamal Haasan, Simran and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles, with a large supporting cast including Jayaram, Ramesh Aravind, Sriman and Nagesh.
The film marked the debut production of director K. S. Ravikumar’s manager P L Thenappan, and the team initially planned a film starring Kamal Haasan with music composed by A R Rahman.
Though recordings had taken place, Thenappan became apprehensive of the budget and chose to make a smaller budget film, meaning Deva replaced Rahman. Hence Panchathanthiram, a comedy about five friends, materialised instead.
Originally Krishnamachari Srikkanth was supposed to essay the role later played by Yuhi Sethu, but dropped out. Sethu signed on revealing that Kamal Haasan had approached him to be a part of his two previous films, Thenali and Pammal K. Sambandam too, which he did not take up.
Simran was signed after appearing alongside Kamal Haasan in Pammal K. Sambandam, with which the latter was impressed.
The film started shoot in February 2002 and shot in Canada for seventeen days.