Jaggubhai is an upcoming drama Tamil film starring Sarath Kumar and Shriya Saran in the lead. The film, launched in early 2008, will be released later in the year.
, K. S. Ravikumar
planned a film under the title Jaggubhai
with the proposed cast including Rajnikanth
in the lead role playing a terrorist. Aishwarya Rai
was finalized to play the female lead role, after initial expectations that Rani Mukerji
or Jyothika Saravanan
would portray the role. The film which was set to have music composed by A.R. Rahman
, had a photo shoot and was touted to be Rajinikanth's comeback film after the debacle of Baba
. However, simultaneously, another Rajnikanth project was announced - Chandramukhi
, directed by P. Vasu
. With the progress of Chandramukhi
was delayed and subsequently shelved. Since it was shelved, Ravi Kumar went to direct Varalaru: History of Godfather
with Ajith Kumar
and the high-budget Dasavatharam
with Kamal Hassan
During the post-production of Dasavatharam, Ravikumar announced that he would re-start his shelved project, Jaggubhai with a different cast.
was signed to play the dual lead role, becoming the sixth collabaration between the director and the actor. Sneha
, who was picked to portray mother in the film, opted out due to her discontent in being the mother of the lead heroine. Despite early indications that Sarath Kumar's real-life step daughter, Rayan, would portray the role of the daughter, Shriya Saran
bagged the role. Saran who had met commercial success with Sivaji: The Boss
was then requested to portray dual roles in the film, however she rejected the opportunity, citing that she will only play a single role. After approaching Simran Bagga
, Kamalini Mukerji
and Vimala Raman
for the role, Bollywood
agreed to do the mother's role, demanding a sum of 75
lakhs but later walked out of the role. Veteran comedien, Goundamani
also plays a role in the project.
Newcomer Rafee has been announced the music director of the film while Sarathkumar's home production company Radaan Mediaworks
and Sun TV Network
collaborate to produce the film.