Karthi's Pongal release Siruthai, is the biggest box-office hit of the year so far. A film which hard-boiled critics did not like, went on to become the star's biggest box-office hit in his career.
If Paiyaa theatrical collections crossed Rs 20 crore plus, Siruthai has already collected over Rs 30 Crore! Among the younger lot of heroes only Vijay and Suriya films have done such business.
It has made the five film old Karthi one of the hottest stars in Kollywood. Big producers have been after him to do a film with them and are offering him Rs 7 to 8 Crore to do a film, as he has an
Says a leading producer who has approached him for a film: "I'm willing to pay Karthi any amount, if he signs on the dotted line, as he is worth it. A bad film like Siruthai worked at the box-office only
due to Karthi's star pulling power."
Meanwhile Karthi the smart guy he is, has done half a dozen interviews with prospective directors who have narrated mass masala stories to him. The shrewd businessman in Karthi has emerged as he will be
producing his next film under his home banner Studio Green, run by his cousin Gnanavel Raja.
As per Kollywood grapevine, Karthi has heard a "fantastic masala story with lots of action, comedy and sentiments" from Mappillai director Suraj, and feels it has a potential. As per trade sources, Karthi will
start shoot for the Suraj film under Studio Green banner immediately and will complete it under 100 days, for an August release!