Vetrimaaran is a busy man these days. Since his film Visaranai was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars earlier this year, the National award winning director has wasted no time basking in its glory. The filmmaker is working on promoting Visaranai. “I want to make sure that the film gets the reach it deserves. Right now, we don’t have any clue about how it’s done. But we’re talking to the right people who have done this before and they’ve given us a lot of input,” he said.
His ambitious project, Vada Chennai, is on hold right now. Also, Dhanush is temporarily absent from the film (the actor is filming his directorial debut, Power Paandi). So, Vetrimaaran has a lot more time to devote to Visaaranai’s promotions.
The director tells Silverscreen that he was very surprised when he was told that Visaaranai had been selected for the Oscars. “At heart, this is not the kind of film that is likeable. It shows the dirty underbelly of law and order. It’s not a pretty film. There’s a lot of blood and gore in it. There are no happy endings, and yet, its underlying message has resonated with everybody. I am very happy. There are so many people who meet their ends in such places. And I wanted to prevent it from happening ever again,” he said.
The filmmaker will kickstart Vada Chennai’s second schedule after Dussehra. A source close to the unit tells us that the shoot has been planned for areas in and around Hyderabad. “In Chennai, when we try to shoot in the housing board areas, it is very hard to do so in a peaceful manner. Crowds keep forming around the set, and we’ve had some issues controlling them,” he explains.
Dhanush will not join the team in Hyderabad this month. The actor is busy shooting for Power Paandi in Theni, and will join Vada Chennai late next month, a source said.