Actor Shanthanu Bhagyaraj has announced the title of his next film co-starring Athulya Ravi. Titled Murungaikkai Chips, the film is being helmed by debutant Srijar and bankrolled by Ravindar Chandrasekaran‘s Libra Productions in association with Sivasubramanian and Saravanapriyan’s First Man Film Works. The film marks the fifth production of Libra Productions.
The first look poster features a shy Shanthanu and Athulya seated on their bed in wedding attire with the traditional flower decoration surrounding them. The poster also has a few drumsticks illustrated along with the words ‘100% Naughty’ and ‘100% Tasty’.
Libra Productions released the poster recently.
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Touted to be a family entertainer, the film deals with the traditional practices followed during the first night after marriage “without any obscenity”. It is reportedly a full-fledged romcom. Murungakkai aka drumsticks were made famous as an aphrodisiac in Tamil cinema (they aren’t in reality) by Bhagyaraj in his films, starting with Mundhanai Mudichi.
Apart from the lead pair, Murungaikkai Chips will also star K Bhagyaraj, Manobala, Anand Raj, Mayilsamy, Motta Rajendran, Yogi Babu, ‘Prank’ Rahul, Raju, Reshma Pasupuleti, Madhumitha and others in important roles.
Debutant Srijar has worked on several television serials down South and has also been an associate and co-director for films like Jambhavan (Tamil, 2006) and Lavender (Malayalam, 2015). On the technical front, Ramesh Chakravarthy is handling the camera, Jomein Mathew on the edit, Dharan Kumar on music, and Narmadha Veni on art. Nivetha Joseph is designing costumes, Sathish Krishnan is handling choreography with Noor on stunt.
The team began shooting in March but had to halt all activity owing to the nationwide lockdown. Work on the film will commence post-lockdown.
Meanwhile, Shanthnu who was last seen in Dhana‘s Vaanam Kottatum will next feature in Lokesh Kanagaraj‘s Master, Chimbu Deven‘s anthology Kasada Tabara (the film has six editors, music directors, and cinematographers), and Vikram Sugumaran‘s Raavana Kottam. The actor has also been releasing videos on his recently launched ‘With Love Shanthnu Kiki’ Youtube channel frequently. His recent Konjam Corona Naraiyya Kadhal short went viral on social media raking in more than a million views.
Watch ‘KoCoNaKa’ here:
Athulya who was last seen in Naadodigal 2 will next be seen in Kamalakannan’s Vattam, SK Vettri Selvan‘s Yenni Thuniga, Sridhar Venkatesan’s Yen Peyar Anandhan, and Anoop Panicker’s Cadaver. The actress has been the voice of several social issues in this lockdown period.
Watch the trailer of Naadodigal 2 here: