Vijay Sethupathi’s ‘Maharaja’ to hit the screens on 14 June

'Maharaja' marks the 50th film of Sethupathi and the second directorial of Nithilan Saminathan.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 05, 2024 | 1:53 PM Updated Jun 05, 2024 | 1:53 PM

Vijay Sethupathi's Maharaja to release on 14 June

Writer-director Nithilan Saminathan has announced the release date of his upcoming film Maharaja—14 June.

The movie is headlined by Vijay Sethupathi.

This announcement followed shortly after the trailer dropped online.

Maharaja marks the 50th film in Vijay Sethupathi’s career. Also, it is Nithilan Saminathan’s second directorial project following Kurangu Bommai (2017).

Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap stars as the antagonist.

The first-look poster of Maharaja featured Vijay Sethupathi covered in blood and with a bandaged ear, sitting on a barber’s chair holding a bloodied sickle, as cops look helplessly in the background.

The film features an ensemble cast including Mamta Mohandas, Natarajan Subramaniam, Abhirami, Aruldoss, Munishkanth, PL Thenappan, Singam Puli, and Vinod Sagar.

Maharaja is a revenge saga centred around a barber (Vijay Sethupathi) whose house is broken into.

He informs the police that his “Lakshmi” has been stolen, leaving it ambiguous whether the name refers to a person or an object.

As Maharaja embarks on a quest to find his Lakshmi, the story evolves into an expansive action drama filled with guns and gangsters.

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Maharaja to debut at IFFLA

Maharaja is bankrolled by Sudhan Sundaram under the Passion Studios banner and Jagadish Palanisamy’s The Route.

It boasts cinematography by Dinesh Purushothaman, music by B Ajaneesh Loknath, and editing by Philomin Raj.

Maharaja will be featured at the 22nd annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). The event will take place from 27 to 30 June at Landmark Theatres Sunset.

The IFFLA will showcase 20 films, including 7 narrative features, 12 shorts, and one docu-series, with a diverse selection of films from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, and the United States.

Vijay Sethupathi, who worked across various film industries, expressed in an interview his discomfort with being labelled a “pan-Indian” actor. He said he’d like to be identified simply as an actor, without any prefix.

“I want to work in every language, including Bengali and Gujarati films. If given the opportunity, I’ll happily work everywhere,” he added.

In addition to Maharaja, Vijay Sethupathi has several projects lined up, including Ace, Viduthalai Part 2, Gandhi Talks, and Train.

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