Actor Y Gee Mahendra's popular stage play Charukesi is all set to be made into a movie. Tamil superstar Rajinikanth made this announcement at the 50th show of Charukesi at Vani Mahal in Chennai. He also kickstarted the project with the customary clap. Rajinikanth said: "In 1975, when I went to see the play Ragasiyam Parama Ragasiyam, I was not allowed in. But now I am here as the special guest at the 50th show of 'Charukesi'. This is all an act of time. He added: "Popular actors, including Nagesh, Jayalalithaa, Cho, Visu, and so on, are from the UAA theatre troupe. It is a disciplined troupe with many educated people and experts from various fields." Rajinikanth noted that had "Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan been alive, Charukesi would have been another Vietnam Veedu." He continued: "As far as this drama is concerned, the story, screenplay, characters and dialogues are all well placed. The cinema industry has not used an actor like Y Gee Mahendra to his full potential. Laal Salaam: Rajinikanth to Have a Cameo in Daughter Aishwarya’s Directorial Starring Vishnu Vishal.

"I am confident that this play will be a huge success when it is made into a film. Vasanth will write the screenplay, which will add more strength to the film." On a personal note, he said: "Y Gee Mahendra was the main reason for my marriage. At one point in my life I was almost addicted to smoking, drinking and non-vegetarian food. I used to pity vegetarians. It was my wife Latha who changed me with love." He urged all those gathered at the audiorium to quit smoking and drinking. Baba Trailer: Rajinikanth Shares Remastered Glimpse of His 2002 Film, Tweets It Will 'Forever Be Closest’ to His Heart (Watch Video).

In his speech, Y Gee Mahendra said: "There is only one Makkal Thilagam, only one Nadigar Thilagam, only one Mellisai Mannar, only one Kavignar Kannadasan, and there can be only one Superstar, who is Rajinikanth." Venkat has written the story and dialogues for Charukesi, which is based on a thought given by the late dramatist Crazy Mohan. The play is directed by Y Gee Mahendra. The story revolves around the life of a musician suffering from Alzheimer's. Charukesi will be adapted into a movie by SARP (Sri Agraharam Rajalakshmi) Picture Production. National Award-winning director Vasanth S Sai will pen the screenplay and double as the creative director. Y Gee Mahendra is playing the lead role, besides directing the movie. Details about other actors and crew will be announced soon.

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