Karikalan is an upcoming Tamil-language action film directed by L. I. Kannan. Karikalan features Vikram and Zarine Khan in the lead roles. The film which has been reported as a “period cum contemporary drama” is likely to release in 2012. Vikram will be seen in the historical role of Karikalan Chola, one of the popular Tamil kings of early Chola during the Sangam period. It is also going to be released in Telugu as Veerudu.