Mani Ratnam’s upcoming multi-starrer has finally a name now. The bilingual movie has been titled Chekka Chivantha Vaanam in Tamil and Nawab in Telugu. In a poster released by the makers on Friday where the four men in the film can be seen in an orange sky backdrop. The veteran filmmaker is coming with a huge ensemble cast of comprising of Silambarasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Jyotika, Aishwarya Rajesh and Prakash Raj. The movie also features Aditi Rao Hydari, who reunites with Mani Ratnam after Kaatru Veliyidai. Initially, Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil, was supposed play one of the lead roles. But later Arun Vijay replaced him to join the team.
A report by Indian Express quoted Aditi Rao Hydari saying, “Another film with Mani sir is a blessing. While shooting for Kaatru Veliyidai, I was living my childhood dream of working with my favourite director. It was surreal and thrilling at the same time. It was such an enriching experience. I got hooked to his style and discipline of filmmaking, and I can’t wait to be on his sets again.”
The film is being bankrolled by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions and will go on floor from 12 February. While AR Rahman will score the music, ace cinematographer Santhosh Sivan will be taking care of the visuals with multiple national award-winning Sreekar Prasad’s editing. Incidentally, Rahman, Ratnam and lyricist Vairamuthu have been constant in Madras Talkies' projects.
The movie has a formidable technical crew that includes popular fight master Dhilip Subbarayan, art designer Sharmishta Roy and costume designer Eka Lakhani. The project also has Bejoy Nambiar on board, who is one of the film's creative producers for the film. The movie also showcases Jayasudha, Mansoor Ali Khan popular model Dayana Erappa, and veteran actor-director Thiagarajan in pivotal roles.
The project grabbed headlines right from its inception, especially after Mani Ratnam’s last film Kaatru Veliyidai received severe criticism. Reportedly, the movie’s pre-production work has been going on in full swing. Meanwhile, Simbu, who is starring in a Mani Ratnam film for the first time in his career has been hitting the gym religiously to shed nearly 10 kilos to get in shape for the role. The actor had beefed up for the character of the 60-year-old Ashwin Thatha in his last film Anbanavan Asarathavan Adangathavan.
"Some of the lead actors, including Simbu, underwent a workshop last month after Ratnam narrated the full script to everyone. Now, the locations have been locked by Ratnam and Santhosh Sivan, who were on a recce for the past few days. Ratnam is producing the film on the first-copy basis for Lyca Productions," a source close to the unit told Firstpost.