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Gangai Amaran Is Not Part Of Venkat Prabhu’s ‘Maanadu’

Venkat Prabhu at the #PeiPasi Audio Launch
Arya, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Rupa Manjari, Venkat Prabhu At The #PeiPasi Audio Launch

Gangai Amaran is not part of his son Venkat Prabhu’s upcoming directorial Maanadu starring Simbu in the lead. It was reported that the veteran musician, writer and actor may be cast as a politician and the antagonist in the film, but the producer of the film has denied this as a rumour.

Speaking to Silverscreen, producer Suresh Kamatchi said that no talks were on with Gangai Amaran. He also clarified that Arjun Sarja does not star in the film. Kalyani Priyadarshan stars in the lead, he confirmed. The film will go on floors soon.

Maanadu was initially scheduled to begin in February and later in May, but it could not take off. In a tweet, the producer had dismissed reports that the project had been shelved.

The film is a political thriller and was announced by Venkat Prabhu in July last year, and a first-look poster was released. The director is best known for his films Chennai 28GoaSaroja and Mankatha. 

About Maanadu, Venkat Prabhu said in an interview to Firstpost, “It’s a long-pending project. We have been talking about a possible collaboration for a long time now. STR suddenly called me one day, and I narrated the outline of the script and his character. STR liked the idea and gave his nod. The movie will be a different experience for STR. His fans will find his character exciting.”

The director is also awaiting the release of his production venture RK Nagar, starring Vaibhav, which was ready in March but could not release due to elections. His next production Kasada Thabara, directed by Chimbu Deven, has just been launched.

Meanwhile, STR who was in the US in March to get into shape for the role for Maanadu, recently returned to India to attend his brother’s engagement. He also signed up for a film with KE Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green. Directed by newcomer Karthik, the film is reportedly a multi-starrer featuring Gautham Karthik as his co-star.

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