Nayanthara starrer Imaikkaa Nodigal is all set to hit the silver screens. It is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Director R. Ajay Gnanamuthu recently revealed an interesting information about the film which will surely surprise you. He stated that the actress was chosen over veteran actor Mammootty for the lead role along with giving a perfect justification for it. Also Read - Rajinikanth's Next Film Not Called Thalaivar 168? Check Out New Name of Siruthai Siva-Directorial

Apparently, Mammootty was approached to play the lead in 2014 and he even agreed to do it. However, after the script was modified over time, makers felt that the female lead can uplift the movie and this is how Nayanthara came onboard. The filmmaker further said that the character could be lifted to another emotional level with the female lead. Also Read - Darbar Trailer: Rajinikanth Impresses With His Inevitable Presence And 'No Rule' Swag as 'Bad Cop'

The movie is in the limelight for reasons more than one. Imaikkaa Nodigal marks the Tamil debut of Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap. He will apparently be seen as a psychopath killer whereas the actress plays a CBI officer, who goes after him. Also Read - Nayanthara Writes a Solid Note Praising Telangana Police For Hyderabad Encounter, Calls it a 'Right Act of Humanity'

Apart from Kashyap and Nayanthara, the film also features Raashi Khanna and Atharvaa in crucial roles.

The project is bankrolled by CJ Jayakumar of Cameo Films India and the music is composed by Hip Hop Tamizha.