Kanaa, directed by Arunraja Kamaraj of Neruppu Da fame, with Aishwarya Rajesh and Darshan in the lead, is all set to release in December.

Produced by Sivakarthikeyan under the banner Sivakarthikeyan Productions, the film is a sports drama set against a rural backdrop. It revolves around a village girl who dreams about becoming a cricketer, but is criticised by the people around her. Aishwarya Rajesh, who is known for her rooted characters, will be playing a cricketer, while Sathyaraj plays her father.

The teaser of the film, unveiled in August, featured Sathyaraj as a farmer who is heard talking about agriculture and farmer suicides, while Aishwarya is seen practicing on the field and leading the women’s cricket team. Her younger self will be played by Monica. To prepare for the role, Aishwarya was trained in cricket for a couple of months.

Apart from the leads, the film also stars Blade Shankar, Ilavarasu, Ramadoss, Rama and Savari Muthu in pivotal roles while Sivakarthikeyan plays a cameo. The actor has also sung the track ‘Vayadi Petha Pulla’ along with his daughter Aaradhana. The song became a huge hit after its release, with 50 million views on Youtube.

Music f0r the film has been composed by Dhibu Ninan Thomas, and the album features a love song sung by Anirudh Ravichander.

The title of the film – Kanaa – which translates to ‘dream’ in English, comes with the tagline ‘Dream Big’. Speaking about the film, Arunraja said: “I have done a lot of research on this subject. I observed that while 1,000 boys attend cricket division selection matches, only 60 girls participate in the women’s cricket division matches. My script will throw light on the struggles of one such courageous woman. Though it is a sports film, it is also an emotional drama involving a man and his daughter who aspires to become a cricketer.”