The announcement of certain films never misses to turn on the celebration mode for fans and film buffs. It involves not just the celebrations over sharing the news, but paves way for curious investigations on what the film’s premise could be. Things get more boosted, when these films do have the first look posters and visual promos are unveiled. In contrast, it turns out to be a huge disappointment, when they get shelved for some unexplainable reasons. Movie Crow brings you the list of films belonging to this league, where their announcements created huge sensation and so was the same when they were dropped.
1. Chennaiyil Oru Malaikaalam (GVM - Trisha - AR Rahman)
When the first look posters of this film were released, it created an instant attraction. The year was 2009 and that was the season, where the rise of new lifestyle originated in Chennai with the booming of IT industries. The film’s first look posters were indeed splendidly cool featuring Veera, choreographer Satish, Trisha and some new faces. It had another reason for the fans of Gautham Vasudev Menon to celebrate as it marked his first ever collaboration with AR Rahman. However, the film was dropped after it almost completed 75% of the shooting.
2. Yohan – Adhyayam Ondru (GVM - Vijay)
The entire league of Thalapathy Vijay fans were enthralled over the stylish avatar of their matinee idol in the first look posters. But sooner, it was shelved due to some unknown reasons.
3. Jaggubhai ( Rajinikanth - KS Ravikumar)
Soon after the box office disaster of Baba, there were some reports claiming that Rajinikanth would retire from films and embark on his political journey. However, the announcement of Rajinikanth-KS Ravikumar-AR Rahman with Jaggubhai came as a surprise, which includes the massive first look poster as well. Nonetheless, the project didn’t take off and was later made with Sarathkumar in lead role. In fact, Rajinikanth revealed the reason why he didn’t take up this project during the meeting of Nadigar Sangam to protest against the movie getting leaked online before release. He mentioned that the film was loosely based on a French movie and when the final version was done, it looked more similar to his magnum opus Baasha.
4. Kettavan (Simbu)
The film look posters left STR fans in complete amazement and yes, they were disappointed as well as the film never took off. Lekha Washington was reportedly signed to play the female lead role in this movie.
5. AC (Simbu - Asin)
Soon after delivering laudable hits, SJ Suryah roped in STR and Asin to play the lead roles in AC, which actually denotes the starting letters of these characters’ names. Even the photo shoot was done and this duo actually created more attraction, but the film was dropped even before the commencement of shooting.
6. Mirattal (Ajith - AR Murugadoss)
The first look posters with unique design flashed across the cities made every Thala fan indulge in excitements, especially for ‘Dheena’ combo coming back again.
7. Kaan (Simbu - Selvaraghavan)
A spy thriller by genre, Selvaraghavan signed STR in lead role, which had the first look featuring the actor in a pious avatar. The shooting happened in full swing and at the same momentum got shelved. Both STR and Selvaraghavan in their interviews keep assuring that it will definitely get revived one day. The fans keep their fingers crossed with same hopes as well.
8. Karikaalan ( Vikram)
This was a huge announcement and the team didn’t just flash the first look, but released grand visual promo. The shooting did happen in the sprawled out area of ECR and for unknown reasons was dropped.
9. Karuppu Raja Vella Raja (Karthi-Vishal) – This was a film that was supposedly made for the sake of raising funds for Nadigar Sangam new building. Prabhu Deva was signed to direct the movie. The film was dropped after15 days of shooting.
10. Mariyappan (Aishwarya Rajinikanth)
This biopic based on the life of Paralympics champion Mariyappan Thangavelu from Tamil Nadu had the first look launched by Shahrukh Khan, but didn’t go on floors.
It was actually the predecessor of Kochadaiyaan, when it comes to film based on motion capture based technology. The film starred Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, directed by KS Ravikumar. However, the project was dropped as the actor fell sick on the first day of shooting itself that gave no options but to drop it. Later, Rajinikanth revealed that it was a film that had depicted him a villainous role more powerful than Chitti Robot in Endhiran and Vettayan in Chandramukhi.
12. Vetttai Mannan (Simbhu)
The film’s shooting commenced and even 50% of the project got completed. The film was dropped due to some financial issues. The film’s teaser was highly appreciated and it created greater curiosity over the film. Hansika Motwani was signed to play the female lead and Jai was to appear in a special role.
13. Marudhanayagam (Kamal Haasan)
This is a project that the entire Indian film industry has been awaiting. It took its rise by late 90s, where it turned the global spotlights upon the movie with Queen Elizabeth II launching the movie along with Late Former CM Kalaignar Karunanidhi. The film had completed shooting 30% shooting and was dropped due to financial issues. Even now, everyone is curiously waiting to see if Kamal Haasan will revive this project.
14. Valiban (STR)
Yet again, one more film that joins the long queue of STR’s dropped movies. The first look poster had STR’s personal note of what inspired him to make this film, which had the font in the form of ECG. The film was supposed to have Meenakshi in female lead with Late actress Manorama and Urvashi in important roles. A.R. Lalithasamy was supposed to direct this film, which didn’t take off due to some reasons.
15. Chennaiyil Oru Malaikkaalam ( Gautham - Suriya - Asin)
While the first flick we mentioned was announced and shot in 2009, this one had the same title, but was 5 years back in time – 2004 featuring Suriya and Asin in lead roles with Daniel Balaji as well noted in all the first look posters. This project had created an unbelievable lease of expectations as the combination itself was remarkable, especially with Harris Jayaraj composing music. While the cool posters that encompassed romance (Suriya-Asin) and mystery (Daniel Balaji) together, it was a huge disappointment as the project didn't take off due to call sheet issues. Later the film was dropped and Gautham-Harris-Suriya trio teamed up for Vaaranam Aayiram later.