Action King Arjun Sarja-starrer Gentleman (1993), written and directed by S Shankar, ran to packed houses for over 175 days in theatres.
Now, a sequel to the film is in the making and none other than Oscar-winner MM Keeravani is set to compose music for the comeback venture of renowned producer KT Kunjumon.
Kunjumon initially made films in Malayalam and later made inroads with super-hit Tamil films in the 1990s. These include Kadhalan (1994), Kadhal Desam (1996) and Ratchagan (1997).
Academy Award winner AR Rahman scored music for Gentleman and now, Keeravani — who bagged the Oscar for his work in SS Rajamaouli’s directorial RRR — returns to Tamil to score for Gentleman 2.
According to sources, Gentleman 2 director A Gokul Krishna met Keeravani in Hyderabad soon after the latter returned from the Oscar event.
“Keeravani was very much impressed with the storyline of the sequel and agreed to compose the music. In fact, he himself called the producer and shared that he will soon start composing the songs for Gentleman 2 at the earliest,” sources revealed.
While Gentleman 2 is in its pre-production phase, in 2022, Kunjumon revealed his plans to make a sequel to Gentleman. He also officially announced that Tamil and Telugu actor Chethan Cheenu will play the lead in the sequel.
Actor Chethan Cheenu is known for his performances in Karungali (2011) and Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014) in Tamil and Raju Gari Gadhi (2015) and Mantra 2 (2015) in Telugu.
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KT Kunjumon while announcing his comeback venture (Gentleman 2) said that the mega-budget film will be made in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam languages.
Gentleman was a massive hit in 1993 and re-established Arjun Sarja as one of the top actors in the Tamil film industry.
The film was remade in Hindi as The Gentleman in 1994 under the banner Geetha Arts by Allu Aravind. It was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and featured Megastar Chiranjeevi and Juhi Chawla.
Three of the songs from Shankar’s original film were reused without any changes in the Hindi version.
Over 3 lakh cassettes of the soundtrack, scored by AR Rahman with popular lyricists Vairamuthu and Vaali, were sold back then.