Pakistani actress, model and VJ Maya Ali is finalized as lead heroine in Kaththi remake- not for megastar Chiranjeevi starrer Telugu version, but for Hindi version that will have action hero Akshay Kumar playing main lead.Maya Ali is a popular name in Pakistan film and modeling industry. She is lucky enough to romance top star like Akshay in her very first movie. The film tentatively titled Ikka will mark the directorial debut of Jagan Shakti, former associate director of AR Murugadoss.
The film's regular shooting will commence once Akshay Kumar completes shooting for his ongoing projects Jolly LLB, Robo 2.0 and Rustom. The Ileana co-starrer movie Rustom is due for release on August 12th.
The film Kaththi that starred Vijay and directed by AR Murugadoss was one of the biggest hits in Tamil with 100 cr gross worldwide. The message oriented flick focuses on the issue of farmers committing suicide due to corporate encroachment.Interim, Kaththi's Telugu version shooting began on 23rd of this month in Hyderabad. Director VV Vinayak is canning prison episodes in the first schedule. Produced by Ram Charan under Konidela Productions, the movie is slated for release during Sankranthi, next year.