About nine years ago, Rajinikanth and KS Ravikumar had announced their ambitious project, Rana, and even started the shoot of the live-action historical magnum opus in the April of 2011. However, on the first day of the shoot, the Superstar fell ill and had to undergo treatment. So, the film was indefinitely postponed.
Ask Ravikumar if there are chances of reviving Rana, and he says, “After Enthiran and Dasavatharam, Rana was supposed to be the next big step for both Rajini sir and me. It was a historical and gave us a lot of scope to experiment. But we couldn’t make it. We then worked on Kochadaiiyaan, which was a prequel of sorts to Rana. It had a good story and led up to the story of Rana. Also, the film made sense then because it didn’t exert too much pressure on Rajini sir, who had just recovered. Even today, I revisit the script of Rana — the story was Rajini’s and I had done the screenplay. About six months ago, he asked me to narrate the story to him once again. After hearing it, he said, ‘Ippo nammala panna mudiyuma?’ I said it was possible. But he had politics on mind and said he didn’t know if he had that kind of time to invest in a film that required a grand scale of production. Rajini pannina nalla irukkum, but we don’t know what’s in store for Rana.”