On 10 May 2021, it was announced that Rajinikanth had completed his portions for the film, except for few patchwork sequences. The final schedule of the film took place at a private studio in Chennai in July 2021. In August, except for minor portions the stunt sequences of the film had been wrapped up, with Rajinikanth and Khushbu began dubbing for their portions. With the final copy of the film being ready by September 2021, the film was sent to Central Board of Film Certification for public viewing, where the film got U/A certificate from the Censor Board. The film’s final runtime is of 163 minutes, with the first half consisting of 83 minutes and the duration of the second half is about 80 minutes.
Principal photography of the film was commenced on 11 December 2019, on the eve of actor Rajinikanth’s birthday. The film’s cast and crew were present at the pooja ceremony held at the office of Sun TV Network in Chennai. Filming began on 18 December 2019, at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad with a song shoot, while Khushbu joined shooting for her portions, a few days after filming began. Rajinikanth went to shoot for an episode of Man vs. Wild at the Bandipur forest in Karnataka, which resulted in delay of the film’s shoot. After the announcement of Nayanthara’s inclusion, the actress joined the sets in February 2020.
But the film’s shoot however was halted on 23 December 2020, after eight crew members were diagnosed with COVID-19, although Rajinikanth being tested negative, the actor has undergone self-quarantine in Hyderabad. However Rajinikanth was hospitalised on 25 December 2020, due to fluctuating blood pressure, and was discharged on 27 December. On 23 October 2019, Keerthy Suresh was signed in to act in a pivotal role.
Meenatchi had begged Manoj to get her husband released and signed over her company. Manoj had refused to get him released and got everyone who agreed to help her murdered. Kalaiyan’s world revolves around his sister, Thanga Meenatchi, whom he has lovingly raised after the death of their parents.
Kulappulli Leela had also earlier played a blink-and-miss role in Rajinikanth’s 1995 action-drama ‘Muthu’, and ‘Annaatthe’ marks her second film with Rajinikanth. ” ‘Thirupaachi’ director Perarasu slams negative reviews for ‘Annaatthe’ “. Both Keerthy Suresh and Soori were cast in prominent roles marking their first collaboration with Rajinikanth with the former playing Rajinikanth’s step sister. The day of the wedding, Meenatchi escapes from his superstitious brother. Kaalaiyan dispatches a search party who catch Meenatchi on a train, trying to elope with her boyfriend from college. Torn by his love for his sister, Kaalaiyan allows Meenatchi to leave and staves off demands for an honour killing from relatives.
Shooting of the film happened at a brisk pace, despite night curfew and other restrictions. The team shot a few stunt sequences featuring Rajinikanth and for the night sequences, the team sought permission from the government as well as Hyderabad police to shoot the night scenes. The team ensured safety at the sets while pushpa dance choreographer filming at a brisk pace. Nayanthara joined the film’s team in late April 2021, and scenes featuring Rajinikanth and Nayanthara were shot within three days. The film stars Rajinikanth, Khushbu, Meena, Nayanthara and Keerthy Suresh. Imman while cinematography and editing are performed by Vetri and Ruben respectively.