Mugamoodi (Tamil: முகமூடி; English: Mask) is an upcoming Indian Tamil superhero film, written and directed by Myshkin that stars Jiiva, Pooja Hegde and Narain in lead roles. Principal photography would commence in September 2011, and the film is expected to release by August 31st, 2012. The film is about a man who cannot tolerate injustice and corruption and fights against it for a better society.
In September 2008, UTV Motion Pictures agreed to produce Myshkin’s superhero script, Mugamoodi (Mask), and subsequently signed on leading actor Suriya to play the role of the protagonist. Pre-production work for the film began in late 2008, with the film also being referred to by the media as Agni Puthran. The film was reported to be made at a cost of 45 crores with A. R. Rahman as music composer and Surya portraying a Kung Fu fighter in the film. However in July 2009, Surya opted out and unsuccessful discussions were held with Vishal to replace him, forcing Myshkin to stall the project. As the project remained dormant, Myshkin temporarily shelved the project and moved on to script a horror film.
In October 2010, Arya signed on for the film with N. Linguswamy’s Thirupathi Brothers production house replacing UTV as producers. However within months Arya had pulled out as had Linguswamy. In June 2011, a new Mumbai based company had taken the production reins whilst Jiiva, after the commercial success of his political thriller Ko, had signed on to portray the lead role. Later that month, it was announced that Narain, who had worked with Myshkin in both Chithiram Pesuthadi and Anjathe, would portray the role of the lead antagonist with reports suggesting that the role would be reminiscent of The Joker from the 2008 English film, The Dark Knight. In early July 2011, sources reported that Amala Paul had been signed up to portray the lead female character in the film, which the actress dismissed, with Dhananjayan of UTV also confirming that Amala was not approached for the role. Pooja Hegde, second runner up of the 2011 Miss Universe India beauty pageant was eventually finalized as the female lead. K, who had scored for Mysskin’s Yuddham Sei (2010) previously, was selected as the film composer over two other music directors, while Madhan Karky would pen the lyrics, associating for the first time with Mysskin. Veteran Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao was added to the cast in November 2011, while Prakash Raj was also reported to be playing an important role. The following month, Nassar was selected to portray a police officer. Pooja Hegde will appear as Jiiva’s lover in the film.
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