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The film’s title Annatha was revealed on 24 February 2020, then the title had a slight change which named it Annaatthe. ‘Annaatthe’, which is directed by Siruthai Siva, deals with brother and sister bonding, and it has Rajinikanth and Keerthy Suresh as brother and sister. The commercial drama also has Nayanthara, Meena, Khushbu, Soori, Prakash Raj, Jagapathi Babu, Abhimanyu Singh, Sathish, and others.
Ahead of the Indian theatrical release on 4 November 2021, Qube planned to release the film earlier on 3 November in over 700 screens across 56 locations, the highest for a Tamil film. 4Seasons Creations bought the distribution rights of the film in Europe. The film was officially announced in October 2019, marking Rajinikanth’s first collaboration with Siva. Principal photography for the film began on 11 December 2019, on the eve of the actor’s birthday, and was completed within September 2021. The shooting process went on for one-and-a-half years, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India and Rajinikanth’s health issues in late-December 2020, delayed the film’s production.
Later comedian Soori, was reported to play another prominent role. The inclusion of Soori and Suresh were confirmed by Sun Pictures on the mid-week of December 2019. Keerthy Suresh was reported to essay the role of Rajinikanth’s step sister in the film. In December 2019, the producers also confirmed that Meena and Khushbu, will be the female leads for Rajinikanth in Thalaivar 168. Prakash Raj and Sathish too joined the film’s cast before the start of the shoot, with actor Vishwanth, who worked with Rajinikanth in Kabali , too joined the cast. On 31 January 2020, Sun Pictures later announced that Nayanthara will also be a part of the film’s cast, essaying the role of a lawyer in the film.
Humiliated, Manoj visits his estranged brother, Udhav Parekar, demanding Annaatthe be finished and then commits suicide. Pattammal and Meenatchi are chased by the men until the two are separated by a crashing auto-rickshaw. Kaalaiyaan arrives and clobbers all of Udhav’s men and kills Udhav. He finally reveals himself chintakindi mallesham to Meenatchi, who tearfully apologises for all the trouble she put her brother through. In the present, Meenatchi is still trying to get her husband released with Pattammal’s help, only to realise that she is pregnant. Kaalaiyan is very happy on hearing this and he and Pattammal organise a baby shower for her.
Meenatchi had begged Manoj to get her husband released and signed over her company. Manoj had refused to get him released and got everyone who agreed to help her murdered. Kalaiyan’s world revolves around his sister, Thanga Meenatchi, whom he has lovingly raised after the death of their parents.
It also marks Rajinikanth’s third collaboration with Sun Pictures after Endhiran and Petta. Imman, who worked previously with the director in Viswasam , was reported to score music for the film, his inclusion was confirmed by the producer in mid-November. It was reported that the movie will be titled as Viyugam and Mannavan, however the team denied the rumours.
But the film’s shoot however was halted on 23 December 2020, after eight crew members were diagnosed with COVID-19, although Rajinikanth being tested negative, the actor has undergone self-quarantine in Hyderabad. However Rajinikanth was hospitalised on 25 December 2020, due to fluctuating blood pressure, and was discharged on 27 December. On 23 October 2019, Keerthy Suresh was signed in to act in a pivotal role.
Shooting of the film happened at a brisk pace, despite night curfew and other restrictions. The team shot a few stunt sequences featuring Rajinikanth and for the night sequences, the team sought permission from the government as well as Hyderabad police to shoot the night scenes. The team ensured safety at the sets while filming at a brisk pace. Nayanthara joined the film’s team in late April 2021, and scenes featuring Rajinikanth and Nayanthara were shot within three days. The film stars Rajinikanth, Khushbu, Meena, Nayanthara and Keerthy Suresh. Imman while cinematography and editing are performed by Vetri and Ruben respectively.