NEW DELHI: Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi to star in thriller titled Merry Christmas alongside Katrina Kaif. The film will be directed by Sriram Raghavan, known for Andhadhun and Badlapur. He is planning a release for Christmas 2022.
Referred to by fans and the media as “Makkal Selvan” meaning “People’s Treasure,” Sethupathi has appeared in over 50 films to date. After joining the Chennai-based theater group Koothu-P-Pattarai as an accountant where he observed the actors up close, Sethupathi began his journey as a background actor, notably playing the role of the friend of the main character in a few films, and appearing in television series, such as Nalaya Iyakunar for Kalaignar TV. He gets his first leading role in Seenu Ramasamy Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010), later finding popularity with the thriller Pizza (2012) and actor Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012).
With Mani Ratnam’s multi-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and romantic drama 96 directed by C. Prem Kumar, Sethupathi is best known for director Balaji Tharaneetharan Seethakaathi, by Thiagarajan Kumararaja Super De Luxe, and for its negative roles as in Karthik Subbaraj Petta alongside Rajinikanth. In the second half of 2019, he made his Malayalam and Telugu debut with Maarconi Mathaai and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, respectively.
Kaif, who started his career with the film Telugu Malliswari (2004), achieved commercial success in Bollywood with romantic comedies Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya (2005) and Namastey London (2007). His highest grossing films include action thrillers Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Dhoom 3 (2013), and Bang Bang! (2014). She last appeared in Rohit Shetty’s action flick Sooryavanshi alongside Akshay Kumar and is also expected to be seen in Farhan Akhtar Jee Le Zaraa, with Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt. Apart from that, she is also filming the next installment of the tiger franchise with Salman Khan.
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