It was a major surprise for fans everywhere when it was announced that 'Ulaganayagan' Kamal Haasan would be producing under his Raaj Kamal Films International banner 'Chiyaan' Vikram’s next film.

To be directed by Thoongavanam fame Rajesh M. Selva, Trident Arts will also be jointly producing the film tentatively being called Chiyaan 56 with Akshara Haasan announced to be playing the female lead.

Meanwhile, reports state production on Chiyaan 56 featuring music by Ghibran will most likely kick-start production in June or July with the director recently finalizing locations in Malaysia.

That being said, Rajesh Selva recently stated he had initially approached Kamal Haasan to portray the lead role, who could not take it up due to his subsequent entry into politics by forming his own political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam.

This in turn led to the director then deciding to approach Vikram, who as we all know has been declared by many across the Tamil film industry as well as among fans on countless occasions to be the next best actor to Kamal Haasan.

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