'Padai Thalaivan': Raghava Lawrence fulfils his promise to 'Captain' Vijayakanth's son Shanmuga Pandian, latest photo confirms special appearance

'Padai Thalaivan': Raghava Lawrence Fulfils His Promise To 'Captain' Vijayakanth's Son Shanmuga Pandian, Latest Photo Confirms Special Appearance - Tamil Movie Cinema News
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Leading Tamil actor-filmmaker Raghava Lawrence has confirmed that he will be making a special appearance in 'Captain' Vijayakanth's son Shanmuga Pandian's film, Padai Thalaivan. The Jigarthanda DoubleX (2023) star's latest decision has come after he announced earlier this year that he is ready to play a role as a mark of respect to the late Vijayakanth. On Friday, March 22, Lawrence and Shanmuga Pandian posed together for a picture signaling their association for Padai Thalaivan, which is being written and directed by U. Anbu and will feature songs and a background score composed by 'Isaignani' Ilaiyaraaja.

There has been quite a lot of buzz surrounding Padai Thalaivan, which had its title glimpse unveiled at the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) party headquarters by Vijayakanth on his birthday last year. Lawrence's latest gesture has come after the actor honored the DMDK leader as a humanitarian who would step up to lend support and uplift the careers of many actors and filmmakers without any remuneration. Addressed as 'Puratchi Kalaignar' by his fans and followers, Vijayakanth passed away at the age of 71 due to liver complications on December 28, 2023. 

Earlier this year, Raghava Lawrence appeared on video to talk about paying his tribute to Vijayakanth at his residence, while also sharing about how he was ready to make an appearance in the Tamil cinema stalwart's son Shanmuga Pandian's upcoming film. He said at the time, "I met Vijayakanth sir's wife, his two sons, and his sister. While we were talking, Vijayakanth sir's wife's sister asked me to oversee his son Shanmuga Pandian's journey in cinema. Those words stuck with me because Vijayakanth sir has done so much for many actors by appearing in guest roles in their films. He was a person who liked helping other actors come up in life." 

Raghava Lawrence further stated, "In Vijayakanth sir's film Kannupada Poguthaiya, I did choreography for the 'Mookuthi Muthazhaghu' song and he danced wonderfully, and would encourage me a lot. So, as a homage to him, I wish that his son's film takes a good opening. Furthermore, if the makers of the film agree, I'm willing to do a guest role either in a fight sequence or a song or a scene. Since Vijayakanth annan has helped many heroes to come up, we have to see his son also rise and that would be a mark of respect to him. If there is any double hero subject for Shanmuga Pandian and myself, kindly do let me know and I will act alongside him. I also want to extend my greetings to Vijayakanth sir's son Vijay Prabhakar, who is now in politics."