Actor Vinay Rai, who has worked in films such as “Unnale Unnale” and “Endrendrum Punnagai”, has been roped in to play a pivotal role in Vishal-starrer Tamil crime thriller “Thupparivaalan”.

“Happy birthday Vinay Rai. Have a great year ahead. Looking forward to the madness in our shoot for ‘Thupparivaalan’,” Vishal tweeted on Monday.

To be helmed by Mysskin, the film will feature Vishal in the role of a suave detective. The duo are coming together for the first time.

Actors Prasanna, Rakul Preet Singh and actor-filmmaker K. Bhagyaraj have been roped in to essay important roles.

The regular shooting of the project starts from September 23.