Kaappaan (transl. Guardian Of The World) is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by K. V. Anand and co-written by Pattukkottai Prabakar. It is produced by Lyca Productions and stars Suriya, Mohanlal, Arya and Sayyeshaa. The film will be released theatrically on 20 September 2019.
Principal photography of the film commenced on 25 June 2018, in London. Arya replaced Allu Sirish who opted out of the film due to scheduling conflicts, making his first collaboration with Suriya. The film was shot on multiple locations at various places across the world including New York, Brazil, New Delhi and Hyderabad. It was referred to, colloquially, by the media as Suriya 37 as it is the thirty-seventh film to star Suriya. The film also marks Boman Irani’s Tamil debut. Amitabh Bachchan was approached for an extended cameo role as the Prime Minister of India, but later Mohanlal was roped in.
Initially, Gavemic U. Ary of Jigarthanda fame was announced as the cinematographer of the film, but in a turn of events Abhinandan Ramanujam replaces him. Later, cinematographer Ramanujam left the project after the first schedule, apparently due to scheduling conflicts with cinematography commitments for Malayalam film 9. Subsequently, M. S. Prabhu who previously collaborate with Suriya and director Anand for the film Ayan was assigned as cinematographer.
Also, it was revealed that Harris Jayaraj, Anthony and D. R. K. Kiran was assigned as music director, film editor and art director respectively, continuing their association with the director from his previous films.
The makers had registered three titles: Kaappaan, Meetpaan and Uyirkaa, and asked fans to choose what title to name the film through a poll. Although the majority of fans voted for Uyirkaa, on 31 December 2018, Lyca Productions announced the film’s title as Kaappaan.
The movie shot a song sequence on Indonesia’s Java island. Director K.V Anand shared the news via Twitter. It was also reported that Mohanlal will play the Indian Prime Minister, and Suriya is said to play a high-ranking security officer.