Following Nerkonda Paarvai and Valimai, it was previously stated that Thala Ajith, H.Vinoth, and Boney Kapoor have begun discussions on their third collaboration. We reported a few months later, in April, that the script had been finalised and that the team was on track to start shooting Thala 61 in July, once the Valimai shoot was over.
However, due to the second wave of the pandemic, both films’ productions were delayed. A fresh strategy is being developed, and we have an exclusive update on Thala Ajith’s upcoming flick.
A source close to the development informed Pinkvilla, “It’s an out and out action drama, with strong emotions and will be shot in multiple locations. While the makers are indeed planning to wrap up the film in a quick span, because they don’t want to make Thala Ajith’s fans wait for a long time, a film of this scale with a star like Ajith will take at-least seven months. The idea is to not take as long as Valimai.”
The original idea was to start filming in July and have it ready for a Summer 2021 release, however owing the Covid-scenario, there is now a two-month delay.
“The team is currently working on the logistics to wrap up Valimai. It’s expected to resume by July End/Early August, depending on the Covid-19 scenario and release towards the end of this year once cinema halls are operational with 100% occupancy in Tamil Nadu. A Diwali release can’t be ruled out at the moment, however a final call on release date will be taken once the shoot is wrapped up,” the source informed.
Thala 61 is expected to go on floors in October and November, wrap up in May, and be released in the third quarter of 2022.
The pre-production process, which includes deciding on locales, Thala’s appearance and costume, and the large supporting cast, has already begun. When it comes to Valimai, it is one of Kollywood’s most anticipated and talked-about flicks.