What made Sun Pictures to push Rajini’s Annaatthe to Pongal 2021?

The release date for Rajinikanth’s next film Annaatthe has been revealed by Sun Pictures to be Pongal 2021. The movie was expected to be released later this year, but has been delayed like many others due to the lockdown and coronavirus pandemic.

Annaatthe was initially supposed to release in mid 2020. However, shooting got stalled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown. It is reported that the unit was shooting in Hyderabad till just before the announcement of the lockdown.

The team was planning to travel to different parts of India, including Pune and Kolkata. Right now, it is unclear when things will return to normalcy and shooting can resume once again.

Uploading a motion poster, Sun Pictures posted: “#AnnaatthePongal2021#அண்ணாத்தபொங்கல்2021@rajinikanth @directorsiva @immancomposer @KeerthyOfficial @prakashraaj @khushsundar @sooriofficial @actorsathish.”

Directed by Siva, Annaatthe is Rajinikanth’s 168th movie. Based in a rural setting, the entertainer also features Rajinikanth’s Annaamalai (1992) co-star Khushboo, Muthu (1995) co-star Meena and Darbar (2020) co-star Nayanthara. Annaatthe also marks National Award-winning actress Keerthy Suresh’s first on-screen appearance with Rajinikanth.

Rajinikanth’s first film to release on Pongal was Kuppathu Raja, way back in 1979. This was followed by Pokkiri Raja (1982), Paayum Puli (1983), Naan Mahaan Alla (1984), Mr. Bharath (1986), Panakkaran (1980), Dharma Durai (1991), Mannan (1992), Baashha (1995) and Darbar (2020).

Given that the state government has given a nod to allow post production, the team of Annaatthe have resumed to work on the portions that have been shot. The music of the film has been scored by D Imman, while the cinematography is by Vetri.