Following the announcement, Dhanush said on social media that audiences had a long wait ahead for the final release, as the film was a “magnum opus” that would take time to make. He said that pre-production alone would take the team a year.
The first installment of Aayirathil Oruvan starred actors Karthi, Andrea Jeremiah, and Reemma Sen, with actors R Parthiepan and Pratap K Pothen in supporting roles. The story followed a group of Indian archaeologists on an expedition to discover the lost dynasty of the Chola kingdom. The film was influential in establishing the then-newcomer Karthi’s acting career. It also won Parthiepan the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2010, while Reemma Sen won acclaim for her role as the antagonist. Aayirathil Oruvan went on to achieve cult status.
On Wednesday, actor Karthi had said that Aayirathil Oruvan would be re-released in over 55 Tamil Nadu theatres from December 31, 2020 onwards.
One of these theaters is GK Cinemas, which is screening the film three times a week. Speaking to Silverscreen India, GK Cinemas owner Ruban said, “The re-release is going really well. In March 2019, when we screened the film, we had a very good response from moviegoers. The film has achieved cult status. It appeals to audiences at all levels, from youngsters to all members of the family, everybody has coming to see the film. Though it is not house full, we are getting a sizeable audience for the film.”
He added, “I am very glad that Selvaraghavan sir announced the sequel of the film by quoting my tweet.”
On Friday, Selvaraghavan released an illustrated poster of the sequel.
— selvaraghavan (@selvaraghavan) January 1, 2021
Aayirathil Oruvan’s sequel will mark Selvaraghavan’s fourth film as a director with Dhanush.