Prolific director Mani Ratnam has announced his upcoming film which is titled ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ in Tamil and ‘Nawab’ in Telugu. This venture is bilingual and Ratnam has made a bilingual before by the name of Raavan which he shot simultaneously in Hindi and Tamil with different star cast. Ratnam has put together the most interesting ensemble in the history of Tamil cinema including Silambarasan, Arvind Swamy, Prakash Raj, Vijay Sethupathi and Aditi Rao Hydari. Last time Mani worked with Swamy was in Kadal, 2014.
Mani has worked with Prakash Raj before in his 2002 classic Kannathil Munnathil and with Aditi Rao in his last film Kaatru Veliyadai. Music of the film will be once again scored by maestro AR Rahman while cinematography belongs to brilliant Santosh Sivan. After 10 long years Mani will enter a space which is not a love story of some kind. In 2007 he made Guru which was not a love story essentially but since than he mas made Ok Kanmani, Kadal and Kaatru Veliyadai. All 3 of them are primarily romantic dramas but Mani will address a different theme this time.
He must feel ambitious about this project which is why he will be shooting it in 2 different languages at the same time. The star cast he assembled is literally the best of the best and one could do literally anything with them. Plot of the details of the project is not out yet but the film is going on the floor really soon and shall b eyeing a 2019 release. Just by the sheer look of the poster it seems a high budget project that Mani will be handling after a long time. Ratnam was in the zone of intimate character stories judging the human complexities over nitty gritties of life but this project is huge. Film will be produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca productions.