After much speculation about who would be directing actor Suriya‘s next, his 40th, Kalaipuli S Thanu took to Twitter in December 2019 to announce that director Vetri Maaran will be helming the film. After bankrolling Dhanush starrer Asuran, Thanu’s V Creations will once again associate with the director for this film.
— Kalaippuli S Thanu (@theVcreations) December 21, 2019
On Saturday, Vetri Maaran announced at the Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards that the makers have acquired the rights of CS Chellapa’s Vaadi Vaasal novel, which deals with jallikattu. Following this, it was confirmed that the film has been titled the same although no official announcement was made by the production house.
நடிகர் சூர்யா நடிப்பில், வெற்றிமாறன் இயக்கத்தில் வெளியாகும் படத்தின் பெயர் ‘வாடிவாசல்’
ஆனந்த விகடன் சினிமா விருதுகள் 2019 நிகழ்ச்சியில் அறிவித்தார் வெற்றிமாறன். #AVCA #AnandaVikatanCinemaAwards #VikatanAwards #Vetrimaaran #VaadiVaasal #Suriya @Suriya_offl pic.twitter.com/G0zZke7C7c
— விகடன் (@vikatan) January 11, 2020
Vetri Maaran is known for his knack of adapting novels into films. Some of his previous films like Aadukalam (2011) and Asuran (2019) were also based on novels, the former loosely based on Alex Haley’s Roots and the latter based on writer Poomani’s Vekkai. Visaranai (2016) was also based on M Chandrakumar a.k.a Auto Chandran’s novel Lock Up.
His previous film Asuran was critically acclaimed and appreciated by audiences as well. He won the ‘Best Director’ award for the same at the Ananda Vikatan Awards 2019 and Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020. The film was also screened at the 17th Chennai International Film Festival last December.
Watch the trailer of Asuran here: