Silambarasan's Vettai Mannan has a story that is similar to Baasha according to insiders. Like in Rajini's revenge saga, STR will become a great don following the killing of his dear friend, played by Jai. The elements of friendship, revenge, violence, and a shared philosophy are supposed to be a tribute to Baasha.
STR loved Baasha, so perhaps this is his way of paying homage to Superstar Rajini. Word has it that STR and Jai have done a good job together and the film is shaping up well.