Filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s upcoming multi-starrer, which features an ensemble cast of Arvind Swami, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh, has been titled Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, the makers officially announced on Friday along with the film’s first look poster. his also doubles up as confirmation that Fahadh Faasil has opted out of the project due to date issues.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is being bankrolled by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. While the music is by AR Rahman, Santhosh Sivan will be cranking the camera with Sreekar Prasad in charge of editing. The project has incomparably been one of the most talked about films right from its inception, especially after Mani’s last film Kaatru Veliyidai received immense flak. The pre-production work has been going on in full swing with Simbu hitting the gym religiously to get in shape for the project.
A source from the production house says, “Apart from Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Jyotika, Aishwarya Rajesh and Aditi Rao Hydari, Arun Vijay, Prakash Raj, Thyagarajan, Jayasudha and newbie Dayana have also been roped in for the film.
The project is slated to go on the floors from February 12. It is rumoured that Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Simbu and Arun Vijay play brothers and veteran actors Jayasudha and Prakash Raj play their parents. The film, which will be dubbed and released in Telugu, has been titled Nawab.
“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,” Aditi had said about working with Mani Ratnam again.
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