Raghava Lawrence quells rumours about ‘Kanchana 4’

Reports indicated that Mrunal Thakur, known for her role in 'Sita Ramam' (2022), has been cast as one of the leading ladies.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 09, 2024 | 8:42 PMUpdatedJun 09, 2024 | 8:55 PM

Raghava Lawrence refutes rumours regarding 'Kanchana 4'. (Supplied)

Social media has been buzzing with reports claiming that Raghava Lawrence was launching the fourth instalment of his popular horror franchise, Kanchana.

Furthermore, reports indicated that Mrunal Thakur, known for her role in Sita Ramam (2022), has been cast as one of the leading ladies.

However, the actor-choreographer-filmmaker, on social media, dismissed these reports as speculation and untrue.

Raghava Lawrence, who has helmed and played the main role in all films of the Kanchana series, emphasised that any official updates about Kanchana 4 will be communicated through Raghavendra Production.

The franchise began with Muni (2007), where Raghava Lawrence acted alongside Raj Kiran, Vedhika, Vinu Chakravarthy, and Kovai Sarala.

Muni was released along with its Telugu dubbed version under the same title. The film fetched positive reviews and achieved significant success at the box office.

Kanchana franchise, the perfect package

Considering that even the most earnestly crafted Indian horror films tend to evoke more laughter than fear, Raghava Lawrence cleverly incorporates a good dose of humour, even in the most chilling scenes of his movies—at least he can assert that these moments were deliberately included.

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Following Muni, the sequel, Kanchana (2011), introduced Sarathkumar in the role of a transgender person. Although critics had mixed opinions, the film achieved commercial success in both Tamil and Telugu.

Eventually, Kanchana was remade in Hindi, titled Laxmii (2020).

In 2015, Kanchana 2 hit theaters, starring Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, and Kovai Sarala. It performed moderately well at the box office and was subsequently remade in Kannada as Kalpana 2 (2016), featuring Upendra in the lead role.

Kanchana 3, which was released in 2019, featured Oviya, Vedhika, Nikki Tamboli, Kovai Sarala, and Devadarshini in key roles.

Lawrence’s punchline to the villain, “Nee Mass aana, naan double mass” became a hit with meme creators, too.

Following the success of Kanchana 2, Raghava Lawrence confirmed plans for further instalments in the horror-comedy series.

In 2015, he announced a project titled Naaga, which he intended to direct himself. This film was widely speculated to be the fourth instalment in the Muni series. Subsequently, he went on to work on two other films, Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva (2017) and Shivalinga (2017).

Regarding his upcoming projects, Raghava Lawrence has Adhigaaram, Hunter, and Durga in development.

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