After winning hearts with Pa Paandi, his maiden directorial project, all eyes are on what Dhanush has up his sleeve next. There were rumours that a sequel to Pa Paandi is being planned and Dhanush even confirmed in some of his interviews on a few occasions. While most expected the sequel will be made this year, Dhanush returned to direction after recently wrapping up Maari 2.
It has already been confirmed that Dhanush will also play the lead in his second directorial project, which is rumoured to be a period romantic drama. On Thursday, Thenandal Studios, which is bankrolling the project, confirmed that the project has started rolling and that it also stars Akkineni Nagarjuna, SJ Suryah, Srikanth and Aditi Rao Hydari.
The filmâ€™s shooting is currently underway in Madurai. In an interview to Film Companion, Dhanush revealed that the project will be made on a budget of Rs 70 crore
â€śItâ€™s going be a very big film; a 100 crore film which we plan to compress into a budget of Rs 70 crore. Iâ€™m aware I donâ€™t have 70 crore market. Therefore, weâ€™re looking at ways to exploit the market to earn profits on Rs 70 crore. The pre-production work has been going on for a year now,â€ť the actor reportedly said.
While Dhanush wasnâ€™t willing to divulge information, the industry grapevine is that the film will have a period connection. Actor Nagarjunaâ€™s role in the yet to be named project was originally offered to superstar Rajinikanth. In a recent media interaction, Nagarjuna said, â€śDhanush has offered me a role in his next directorial project. He had originally planned the role with Rajinikanth, but since he is actively involved in politics, he approached me. Honestly, Iâ€™m yet to take a call on signing the project.â€ť
Sean Roldan will be composing music for the flick. Om Prakash will crank the camera while Muthuraj will take care of art direction. Meanwhile, Dhanush currently awaits the release of Vetrimaaranâ€™s Vada Chennai, which chronicles three decades in the life of a gangster, played by Dhanush, from North Madras. The project, which will be made as a trilogy, marks Dhanushâ€™s third collaboration with Vetrimaaran after Pollathavan and Aadukalam.
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