Mani Ratnam's multi-starrer project titled Chekka Chivantha Vaanam; Arun Vijay replaces Fahadh Faasil
Mani Ratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam features an all-star cast comprising of Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Jyotika, Aishwarya Rajesh, and Aditi Rao Hydari, who reunites with Ratnam after Kaatru Veliyidai.
Mani Ratnam's multi-starrer project has been titled Chekka Chivantha Vaanam in Tamil and Nawab in Telugu. Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil, who was initially reported to play one of the lead roles, has opted out of the film and Arun Vijay has joined the team now.
The film features an all-star cast comprising of Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Jyotika, Aishwarya Rajesh, and Aditi Rao Hydari, who reunites with Ratnam after Kaatru Veliyidai. The shooting of the film, which is jointly produced by Mani Ratnam's home banner Madras Talkies and 2.0 makers Lyca Productions, will start rolling from 12 February.
"Some of the lead actors, including Simbu, underwent a workshop last month after Ratnam narrated the full script to everyone. Now, the locations have been locked by Ratnam and Santhosh Sivan, who were on a recce for the past few days. Ratnam is producing the film on a first-copy basis for Lyca Productions," a source told Firstpost, adding that some key scenes will be shot abroad.
Mani Ratnam has assembled a formidable technical crew for the film including lensman Santhosh Sivan, who is associating with Ratnam for the sixth time, his trusted collaborator AR Rahman and the multiple national award-winning editor Sreekar Prasad. Rahman, Ratnam and lyricist Vairamuthu, another constant in Madras Talkies' projects, started the film's composing session two months back in Goa.
A few days back, Vijay Sethupathi had denied reports that he would be playing a came role in the film. Putting an end to rumors, he had said, "I've seen a lot of reports suggesting that I'm making a special appearance in the film. It's false. It's a dream for any actor to be a part of a Mani Ratnam film. I'm playing a full-fledged role and would be seen throughout the movie." Vijay Sethupathi is currently busy shooting for a bevy of projects including Seethakaathi, 96, Super Deluxe, Junga and Megastar Chiranjeevi's magnum-opus Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy.
Meanwhile, Simbu, who is starring in a Mani Ratnam film for the first time in his career, is on a rigorous diet and workout plan to shed nearly 10 kilos for his role. Simbu had beefed up for the character of the 60-year-old Ashwin Thatha in his last film Anbanavan Asarathavan Adangathavan (AAA), which bombed at the box office.
Except Arvind Swami, with whom Ratnam has worked in a handful of films (Roja, Bombay, Kadal) and Aditi Rao Hydari (Kaatru Veliyidai), all the other lead actors, including Jyotika, are joining forces with Ratnam for the first time.
Popular fight master Dhilip Subbarayan will choreograph the stunt sequences. While Sharmishta Roy has been roped in for art design, Eka Lakhani is signed as the film's costume designer. David and Wazir filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar, a longtime disciple of Ratnam, is listed as one of the film's creative producers.
Prakash Raj, who shares a great rapport with Ratnam, plays an important role in the film. Jayasudha, who played the role of Shalini's mother in Mani Ratnam's superhit romance drama Alaipayuthey, and Mansoor Ali Khan also form the supporting cast. Veteran actor-director Thiagarajan, father of Tamil actor Prashanth, and popular model Dayana Erappa will also be seen playing supporting roles.
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