The Sundar C directorial Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven, starring Simbu in the lead, will release on February 1 ahead of the actor’s birthday on February 3.
The film was initially scheduled for a Pongal release with Petta and Viswasam. STR had even issued a statement confirming this, despite pressure from Vishal and Tamil Film Producers’ Council to postpone release because of a crunch for screens. The release date, however, had to be pushed anyway because of a delay in the film’s post-production work.
This morning Lyca Productions, who are bankrolling the film, announced that VRV will have a worldwide release on Feb 1.
Arriving on FEB 1ST WorldWide ????? – Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven ?#VRVFromFeb1 #VRVManiaBegins #MrMass STR meets #MrCommercial #SundarC
The Fun Begins! #STR #SundarC @hiphoptamizha And Fun Big Family ???????????? #HappyPongal ? pic.twitter.com/mW0uMl8iSt
— Lyca Productions (@LycaProductions) January 14, 2019
The makers have said that the film is a complete family commercial. It stars Simbu, Megha Akash and Catherine Tresa in the lead. Prabhu, Ramya Krishnan, Nasser, VTV Ganesh, ‘Motta’ Rajendran, Robo Shankar, Yogi Babu are supporting actors. Music is by Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi and Jeeva.
Shoot for the film began early in 2018, with Simbu and Sundar C travelling to Bulgaria to shoot the introduction song. Most of the filming was complete by November, and post-production work has been on since then. A teaser of the film released later that month.
Simbu’s character has been called ‘a badass with a broken heart’ in the film’s posters and teasers. The director told Silverscreen, “The hero is in tune with himself and with the scenario he finds himself in. He is not immature or naive. He is the complete man.”
The film’s leads Megha Akash and Catherine Tresa are said to have important roles. The director said Megha’s character has an arresting screen presence. “It’s really hard to look away when she’s there on the screen. This is probably her third film and already, she is so assured. I’m sure she will go places.”
He also said, “VRV is not just for the STR fans. It is for everybody. That’s what I told Simbu when we first spoke about the movie.”
The other February 1 Tamil releases are Mammootty’s Pernabu and GV Prakash’s Sarvam Thaala Mayam.