Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai yesterday giving way to numerous rumors. While it was rumoured that the filmmaker suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital for treatment, a spokesperson from Mani Ratnamâ€™s office clarified that he was there for a routine check-up. The director is doing well and will be discharged after the checkup is done completely.
Mani Ratnam has been busy lately with his upcoming film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. The shooting of this film was wrapped up recently and it has gone into the post-production mode. The film is a multi starrer with Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Aravind Samy and Arun Vijay sharing the screen space for the first time.
The others in the star cast include Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh and Dayana Erappa. Oscar-winning music director AR Rahman is composing the tunes for this action thriller while Santosh Sivan has cranked the camera and A Sreekar Prasad is the editor.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is bankrolled by Mani Ratnam in association with A Subaskaran under the banners Madras Talkies and Getaway Films and will be distributed by Lyca Productions. The film is currently into the post-production mode and will be hitting the screens later this year.
The team is eyeing September release, provided everything goes as planned without any hassles. According to reports, its Telugu dubbed version has been titled Nawab and will be out at the theatres along with the Tamil version.
With sources close to Mani Ratnam quashing rumors about his ill health, film buffs can now heave a sigh of relief. Sources in the know say that he will be out of the hospital in no time and recommence the post-production work in full swing.
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