Director Siva and his crew are currently filming the high-voltage action sequences for Thala 57, involving bikes in Bulgaria. Considering it is the director’s attempt to make it a James Bond-esque thriller in Kollywood, Hollywood’s one of the best bike stunt choreographers, Jorian Ponomareff has been roped in to give the audience some adrenaline rushing visuals.
According to reports, Ajith expressed his interest in doing the action scenes himself without using a body double but Siva was not willing to take any risks and hired French biker Jorian for the job.
Reports also suggest that Ajith has performed most of the stunts himself in the film. A picture of him popping a wheelie on a stunt dirt bike is going viral on social media with #Thala57 becoming a top trend on Twitter on Sunday morning. A video has also surfaced showing the actor doing the stunt without breaking a sweat.
Jorian, who has previously worked in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation among other Hollywood projects, has praised Ajith in a Facebook post saying it was such an honour to work with the actor while describing him as a “huge star in India.” He also added that he is impressed with Ajith’s simplicity and his performance in action scenes.
The yet to be titled film, which is tentatively called Thala 57 or AK 57, is Ajith’s highly anticipated project of 2017. Of all the things Ajith is popular for, taking his workouts seriously was not one of them. However, he has worked on his physique to look the part in this film, in which he is playing an Interpol officer.
The film has a strong star cast and it also marks the Kollywood debut of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who is playing the main antagonist in the film. It also stars Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunakaran and Appukutty among others.
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The film, directed by Siva, marks his third collaboration with Ajith. Previously, the actor-director duo has delivered hit films like Veeram and Vedalam. The movie is being produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and has music from Anirudh Ravichander. It is expected to hit the screens in May next year.