Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam which is slated to release on September 27 has run into trouble with the Animal Welfare Board of India.
The board did not give the film a no objection certificate as it has used 100 goats, 50 hens and two dogs without seeking proper permission. Though there are speculations that the film’s release might get delayed, a source told Silverscreen that the board holds a meeting every Tuesday to approve films. This week Chekka Chivantha Vaanam did not get the NOC, but it might get an approval next week depending on the discussion held by the board.
There is no official statement from the makers yet. A spokesperson for the film told Silverscreen, “I confirmed with Madras Talkies (production company) and they said that the film will release as per schedule.”
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a gangster film which has four main leads played by Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi and Silambarasan. At the film’s audio launch, A.R Rahman who has composed music for the film said that with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Mani Ratnam has gone back to his Nayakan days.
Prakash Raj plays the patriarch Senapathi, the don of Chennai. He has three sons, played by Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay and Silambarasan. Varadhan (Arvind Swami) is wild, roguish, a philanderer and has a brutish way of dealing with business matters. He is also the heir apparent. Thyagu (Arun Vijay), looks smooth and sophisticated but has a rakish charm. The third son is Ethi (Silambarasan), neglected and the least loved. While the three sons wage war against their unidentified enemies, Vijay Sethupathi plays a cop (Rasool) who appears to be both friend and foe.
The film also stars Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa, Jayasudha, Thyagarajan, Mansoor Ali Khan and Cheenu Mohan. The film is jointly bankrolled by Lyca Productions and Mani Ratnam’s home banner Madras Talkies.
The film was earlier scheduled to release on September 28, but was advanced to September 27.