On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chathurthi, Suriya made the announcement of his 35th feature film. Upcoming director Vignesh ShivN tweeted about it as well:
Let's make a memorable one!👍 https://t.co/SmDQkcm8mr
— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) September 5, 2016
Hot and happening music director Anirudh will also be a part of the new film. Anirudh, who is very choosy about the films he does, had tweeted:
— Anirudh Ravichander (@anirudhofficial) September 5, 2016
It caught the Tamil film industry by surprise as Suriya was said to be in talks with other established directors like Sundar C and Muthiah for his new film. In fact Suriya had been in talks with half a dozen directors and discussing scripts with them, before Vignesh piped them to it.
Vignesh ShivN has earlier directed Poda Podi with Silambarasan and Nanum Rowdy Dhaan (NRD) a super hit with Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.
Vignesh is also a good script writer and a lyricist, and has started his career as a script consultant for Dhanush, who produced NRD.
But Vignesh’s claim to fame was through the gossip columns as he came to be known as south India’s leading heroine, Nayanthara’s boyfriend.
A few weeks back at the SIIMA Awards in Singapore, where he received the best director award for NRD and Nayanthara got the best actress award for NRD, the couple openly acknowledged that they are in a relationship.
It was earlier reported that Vignesh ShivN would be doing a female oriented film with his lady love Nayanthara and her one time bitter rival Trisha, who would be coming together for the first time. Vijay Sethupathi was said to be playing the male lead. But the project did not materialise due to various factors and the director was said to be working on another project with Sivakarthikeyan, which also did not take off.
For the last six months, there has been lot of speculation in the industry about who would direct Suriya after his franchise film S3 (Singam 3), directed by Hari, which is scheduled for a Deepavali release.
Suriya had hit a rough patch after his last two releases Mass and 24, did not perform up to expectations at the box-office. A lot is riding on S3 for Suriya, and he needs a hit to assert himself as a sale-able super star. Vignesh ShivN's film is going to be produced by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and will be presented by his cousin and leading producer KE Gnanavel Raja, and his production house Studio Green.
If rumours are to be believed, Vignesh will not be casting his lady love Nayanthara as the female lead, as she has already done two films with Suriya. It will be a fresh casting and the film is likely to be a rom-com with Tamil commercial cinema ingredients.
The front runner at the moment to play the female lead is Keerthi Suresh, the fastest rising young actress in Tamil cinema. The shoot of the film is likely to start by October end after Suriya completes all work on S3.