Mumbai: Tamil superstar and filmmaker Dhanush unveiled the first look of his much delayed film Vada Chennai which also stars Aishwarya Rajesh in a key role.
Reportedly a trilogy, Vada Chennai, jointly produced by A. Subaskaran’s Lyca Productions and Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films with Vetrimaran’s Grass Root Film Company, will see the lead actor essaying a national level carom player from north Chennai.
Directed by Vetrimaaran, Vada Chennai has been in the making for three years. In fact it has been in news since 2009 but the film was officially announced only two year later. But owing to reasons best known to the makers, the film went on floors in 2015 and then continued in 2017.
Vada Chennai, which will be made as a trilogy, will track 30 years of the life of people from north Chennai.
Actor-filmmaker Ameer has been brought in as the replacement for actor Vijay Sethupathi, who walked out of Vada Chennai following date issues.
Vijay Sethupathi was to play a brief role in the film.
“Ameer has replaced Vijay in the film. It’s an intense role and Vetrimaaran, amidst his other options, really felt Ameer can pull it off. He will join the sets from the film’s next schedule,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.
The film will mark Dhanush’s third collaboration with four time national award winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran. The two have previously worked in Polladhavan and Aadukulam. Apart from working in these films the duo has also jointly produced critically-acclaimed films Kaaka Muttai and Visaaranai.
In 2013, Dhanush made his Hindi debut with Rai’s Raanjhanaa, which even earned him the best debut Filmfare award.
Talking about his Bollywood sojourn, he said: “I don’t plan my career and let things happen organically. I let things fall in place and then do it with all my heart. You should meet the right people at the right time. That’s how Bollywood happened.”
Dhanush, son-in-law of megstar Rajinikanth is all set to make his Hollywood debut this year with The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir, based on the popular novel of the same name.
“Irrespective of the industry I work in, I’m constantly learning from the people I work with. If Bollywood taught me a lot about production, Hollywood has been a revelation in terms of understanding filmmaking better,” Dhanush told IANS.