Filmmaker Pa Ranjith, who last directed the period sports drama Sarpatta Parambarai (2021), is set to helm a linked film and web series project in Tamil titled Vettuvam, a source from the director’s team confirmed to Silverscreen India.
The first look of the project will be unveiled at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival 2022.
Vettuvam will be produced by Ranjith in association with Abhayanand Singh, Piiyush Singh, Saurabh Gupta, and Aditi Anand under the banner Neelam Studios and Golden Ratio Films. Ashwini Chaudhary and Parul Singh will serve as co-producers. Neelam Studios is a newly started venture, which will collaborate with Golden Ratio Films on this project.
Golden Ratio earlier collaborated with Ranjith’s Neelam Productions for Writer (2021) and the two studios are also backing the upcoming J Baby.
About the upcoming project, our source said, “Vettuvam means hunt in Tamil. With one title, there will be a film as well as a web series made. Ranjith will be writing and directing both. Vettuvam will be a new take on Robin Hood. It will primarily be a rural gangster film and will predominantly take place against the backdrop of a prison. There will be some cop-related elements to the story as well.”
The source further added that the team will announce the cast and crew members soon and that the film is expected to release in 2023. “After the first look is released at the festival, the shooting will commence sometime in the second half of this year. The film will be shot first, followed by the series.”
Meanwhile, Ranjith is currently working on his other directorial venture, Natchathiram Nagargirathu, featuring actors Kalidas Jayaram, Ashok Selvan, Dushara Vijayan, and Shabeer Kallarakkal. The filmmaker is also set to collaborate with Vikram on Chiyaan 61 under the Studio Green banner. His Hindi debut with the biopic on tribal leader Birsa Munda is also in the works.