In mid-2004, K. S. Ravikumar planned a film under the title Jaggubhai with the proposed cast including Rajinikanth in the lead role playing a terrorist. Aishwarya Rai was finalized to play the female lead role, after initial expectations that Rani Mukerji or Jyothika Saravanan would portray the role. The film which was set to have music composed by A.R. Rahman, had a photo shoot and was touted to be Rajinikanths comeback film after the debacle of Baba in 2002. Shortly after, however, Rajinikanth was signed up for Chandramukhi, directed by P. Vasu. With the progress of Chandramukhi, Jaggubhai was delayed and subsequently shelved. Since it was shelved, Ravikumar went to direct Varalaru: History of Godfather with Ajith Kumar in 2006 and the high-budget Dasavatharam with Kamal Hassan.
It was a grand affair at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK head office in Chennai, where the audio launch of Sarath Kumar’s Jaggubhai took place on Sunday (Sep 27) evening.
Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi released the audio which was received by Oscar winner AR Rahman. The trailer of the film was launched by Karunanidhi’s daughter Selvi Selvam.
KS Ravikumar, the director of the film said: “ The story of Jaggubhai is the same as what I had planned to do with Rajinikanth. My combination with Sarath goes back nearly 17 years during which we had done nine hits together. This is the 10th time we are coming together. Another highlight is that comedian Goundamani is making a comeback to films. 90 percent of the film has been shot abroad, mostly in Australia by ace cameraman RD Rajasekhar.”
Two songs tuned by debutant music director Rafee, a Singapore based musician and a former associate of AR Rahman was screened.
One of the songs Apple laptop… seemed to be a birthday party where father (Sarath Kumar) and daughter (Shreya) were celebrating with friends. The other song was on a cruise boat and picturised in a glamorous way on Shrieya and her friends.
The heroine of the film vShriya Saran who plays Sarath’s daughter in the film was conspicuous by her absence. The other heroine the Telugu girl Srisha who plays Sarath’s wife was there at the function.
Among others there were Bhagyaraj, Vivek, Ramanarayanan, Vikraman, Vijayakumar, Abirami Ramanathan, KR etc.