Kochadaiiyaan was originally
intended to be a prequel to Rana and to be released after
the latter. Rajinikath said, "I like stories that are about
kings and queens and used to read stories that began with
'Once Upon A TimeÖ'; I havenít done a film based on folklore
and thatís why I wanted to do Rana."
It went into production and principal photography began on
29 April 2011. However, while filming, Rajinikanth became
ill and production on Rana was temporarily halted.
His treatment lasted till June 2011, which made all attempts
at restarting production unsuccessful. Rana was shelved
indefinitely and production on Kochadaiiyaan began