In a statement, the film's producer Suresh Kamatchi has said that he's tired of waiting for the project to kick off.

Simbu dropped from Maanadu film to be revived with another actor
Flix Kollywood Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 12:59
Written by  Digital Native

Producer Suresh Kamatchi has confirmed that he has dropped the plans of making Maanadu with Simbu and will now make the film with some other actor in the lead. In a statement which he has released, Suresh said that he’s tired of waiting for the project to take off, and has finally decided to shelve the idea of making it with Simbu.

He thanked Simbu for initially agreeing to be part of the project which will be directed by Venkat Prabhu. Originally announced nearly two years ago, Maanadu was tipped to be a political thriller and was supposed to mark the Tamil debut of Kalyani Priyadarshan.

In April, reports emerged that the project has been shelved and Prabhu has moved on to his next commitment. However, producer Suresh Kamatchi took to twitter and clarified that the project has not been dropped and will go to sets soon. Maanadu was finally expected to start rolling from June 25.

However, when the project didn’t take off in June, producer Suresh Kamatchi had no choice than calling off the project. Venkat Prabhu is currently busy shooting a web series for Hotstar and it is believed that he will commence work on Maanadu upon completion of his existing commitment.

Meanwhile, Simbu is currently shooting for the Tamil remake of Kannada blockbuster Mufti from next month. This project, to be directed by Narthan, also stars Gautham Karthik and will be bankrolled by Studio Green. The original starred Shivrajkumar, Muralist, Shanvi Srivastav and Chaya Singh.

The film will be centered on a police officer, played by Srimurali, who goes head to head with an underworld boss, played by Shivrajkumar. Apparently, Simbu will be seen playing the underworld boss and Gautham Karthik will don khaki for the first time in the role of a police officer.

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