There have been reports that Manju Warrier had opted out of the Arivazhagan directorial and Nayanthara has stepped in. However, the director has now clarified that he will be directing two different films with these two heroines in the lead.
Arivazhagan tweeted, "I want to make it clear the buzz around here that the script what I made for #Nayanthara is completely a psychological thriller & not the script I spoke for #ManjuWarrier earlier which was a family thriller."
While Manju Warrier will be playing the lead role in a family thriller, Nayanthara will be seen as the heroine in a psychological thriller. Interestingly, both are heroine-centric projects. Both the actors – Manju Warrier and Nayanthara – have been doing well by bagging some prestigious projects which are centred on the female protagonist. Interestingly, Manju Warrier will be making her debut in the Tamil film industry with the Arivazhagan directorial.
Arivazhagan is a former assistant of ace filmmaker Shankar. He is noted for helming movies like Eeram, Vallinam, Aarathu Sinam (remake of Memories) and last year’s super hit movie Kuttram 23.
Manju Warrier is currently busy with Aami, in which she plays the prolific writer Kamala Suraiyya, Poomaram and Odiyan. She is expected to join the sets of Mohanlal starrer Odiyan which is reaching the final stages of shooting. The talented actor also has the VA Shrikumar directorial, a bilingual to be made in Malayalam as well as Tamil.
On the other hand, Nayan has a couple of Tamil and Telugu films including Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy with Chiranjeevi in the lead. She also has a Malayalam film which will be directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan, where she will be sharing the screen space with Nivin Pauly. Nayanthara’s last release was the Balakrishna starrer Jai Simha, which was directed by KS Ravi Kumar. The actor has a slew of films slated for release this year.