Mani Ratnam is known to weave unforgettable stories by bringing together some of the best actors in the industry. And this time, for his latest movie, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, it’s going to be no exception. On Friday, the filmmaker, announced the title and the principal cast of the film and we cannot contain our excitement seeing the big names, Silambarasan, Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jayasudha, Prakash Raj. Reports suggest that Fahaad Faasil was initially considered for the role that later on went to Arun Vijay.
The film, that will be shot by ace cinematographer–Santosh Sivan, is expected to be a crime drama set in Chennai. Mani Ratnam films are known for their music and like most of them, this one too will have the filmmaker collaborate with the iconic composer, AR Rahman. The film will also release in Telugu as Nawab. Ratnam may not have always churned out hits, with films like Raavan, Kaatru Veliyidai to his credit as well, but he is known to have an eye for talent by placing the right star in the right film. The filmmaker has also experimented, sometimes, by casting non-film professionals, technicians and artists in his movies, which no or perhaps very few directors have tried doing.
A lot has been spoken about the film, especially after Ratnam’s last film, Kaatru Veliyidai , failed to impress the masses and the BO. The pre-production work of the film has started and reports indicate that the shooting for the same will begin from February 12. Bollywood actress Aditi, who worked with Ratnam in Kaatru Veliyidai, is, needless to say, excited to work with him for the second time with such an interesting cast in this film. She was quoted by Indian Express as saying, ” Another film with Mani sir is a blessing. While shooting for Kaatru Veliyidai, I was living my childhood dream of working with my favourite director. It was surreal and thrilling at the same time. It was such an enriching experience. I got hooked to his style and discipline of filmmaking, and I can’t wait to be on his sets again.