Irrfan Pathan will be making his acting debut in the Tamil film industry with the Vikram starrer Cobra. On his birthday, the team revealed his first look character poster online much to the delight of the movie buffs. He is playing the role of French Interpol officer Aslan Yilmaz in the film. “Wish you many more happy returns of the day dear @IrfanPathan sir. Super happy to have met and worked with such a warm and a caring person like you.. Wishing you only the best in the year ahead (sic),” Gnanamuthu wrote on his Twitter account while sharing Irfan’s character poster. On roping in Irrfan for the role, the director had said that he was scouting for a suitable actor who needed to look like a Turk and felt that the cricketer would be the apt choice. The director said that he had to do all the convincing and eventually he agreed to do the role.
The star cast of the film includes Srinidhi Shetty, Miya, Irfan Pathan, KS Ravikumar, Padmapriya, Babu Antony, Mamu Koya, Robo Shankar, Kanika and Roshan Mathew besides Vikram playing the lead role. It may be recalled here that Shane Nigam was initially approached to play an important role in Cobra but then news surfaced that he will be replaced. Later, reports emerged that Sarjano Khalid has been roped in for a role in the film. And finally, Roshan Mathews of Anandam and Moothon fame was signed. On the technical front, AR Rahman is composing music for Cobra. Harish Kannan is the cinematographer with Bhuvan Srinivasan doing the edits. According to latest reports, the film has gone into the post production mode with the dubbing process beginning on Vijayadasami. On choosing the title Cobra, the film’s director Ajay Gnanamuthu had told in an interview earlier that it will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi and the title will work for all the languages.