Directed by: Aishwarya Rajinikanth
Written by: Aishwarya Rajinikanth
Produced by: Subaskaran Allirajah
Starring: Vishnu Vishal Vikranth
Cinematography: Vishnu Rangasamy
Edited by: B. Pravin Baaskar
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Production company: Lyca Productions
Distributed by: Red Giant Movies
Release date: January 2024
Lal Salaam is an upcoming Tamil-language sports drama film written and directed by Aishwarya Rajinikanth, the daughter of superstar Rajinikanth. The film is produced by Subaskaran Allirajah under the banner Lyca Productions. The film stars Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth in the lead roles, while Rajinikanth makes an extended cameo appearance in the film. The film also features former cricketer Kapil Dev in a special role. The film has music composed by A. R. Rahman, cinematography by Vishnu Rangasamy and editing by B. Pravin Baaskar.
The film revolves around the life of a group of cricketers who are inspired by the leftist ideology of lal salaam, which means “red salute” in Tamil. The film follows their struggles, achievements and challenges as they pursue their passion for cricket and social justice. The film also explores the relationship between Thirunavukarasu, played by Vishnu Vishal, and Moideen Bhai, played by Rajinikanth, who is a mentor and a father figure to him.
Lal Salaam Movie Cast and Crew
The film has a star-studded cast and crew, with some notable names as follows:
- Vishnu Vishal as Thirunavukarasu “Thiru”, a talented cricketer who leads the lal salaam team.
- Vikranth as Akash Sahani, Thiru’s best friend and teammate.
- Rajinikanth as Moideen Bhai, a former cricketer and a leftist leader who guides and supports the lal salaam team.
- Kapil Dev as himself, a legendary cricketer who makes a special appearance in the film.
- Nirosha as Moideen’s wife.
- Jeevitha Rajashekar as Moideen’s sister.
- Thambi Ramaiah as Tiger Thangadurai, a rival coach.
- Aishwarya Rajinikanth as the writer and director of the film. This is her third feature film after 3 (2012) and Vai Raja Vai (2015).
- R. Rahman as the music composer of the film. This is his first collaboration with Aishwarya Rajinikanth and his third collaboration with Rajinikanth after Sivaji (2007) and 2.0 (2018).
- Subaskaran Allirajah as the producer of the film. This is his third collaboration with Rajinikanth after 2.0 (2018) and Darbar (2020).
Lal Salaam Movie Release Date
Lal Salaam is scheduled for a theatrical release in January 2024, coinciding with Pongal, a major festival in Tamil Nadu. The film was announced in November 2022, along with the title of the film. The principal photography commenced in March 2023 and wrapped up in August 2023. The film’s poster was released on October 1, 2023, featuring Rajinikanth in a red kurta and holding a cricket bat.
Lal Salaam is one of the most anticipated films of 2024, as it marks the return of Rajinikanth to the big screen after his political debut in 2023. The film also marks his first appearance in a sports drama genre. The film is expected to be a commercial and critical success, as it has a strong message, a talented cast and crew, and a popular theme of cricket. The film is also expected to attract audiences from across India and abroad, as it features Kapil Dev, one of the most celebrated cricketers in the world.
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