The makers of Vishal–Shraddha Srinath starrer Chakra have announced that the film’s teaser will drop shortly. The team is also reportedly left only with a week’s shoot and will complete the work once the lockdown is lifted. Helmed by debutant MS Anandan, a former associate of director Ezhil, the film is being bankrolled by Vishal’s Vishal Film Factory. He reportedly plays an army officer in the film while Shraddha will be seen as a cop. Regina Cassandra has also landed a significant role in the film.
The film’s dubbing work began in March but came to a halt midway due to the coronavirus pandemic which caused the temporary suspension of all film-related activity. Only recently, the team commenced with editing and other post-production activities after permission was granted by the Tamil Nadu government. The team was seen working with a limited crew donning masks.
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The film reportedly deals with Vishal’s search for his father’s missing Param Vir Chakra set in the backdrop of fraudulent practices occurring in the online business. It is touted to be a technological thriller.
Speaking about the artists of the film, Anandan said, “Every character has a backstory and substantial role in the film. When I narrated the story to Vishal, he immediately agreed to do the story while also agreeing to produce it under his home banner. He even told me that I needn’t alter any of the characters written in the story.”
He added, “After a lot of confusion, I decided to rope in Shraddha who is known for taking up unique roles. Regina was also brought on board in the same way.”
The film also stars Robo Shankar, KR Vijaya, Manobala, and Srushti Dange in important roles. Chakra will have cinematography by Balasubramaniem, music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, editing done by Shameer Muhammed and S Kannan on art. Anl Arasu will choreograph stunts with Pallavi Singh on costumes. Madhan Karky will pen lyrics for the songs.
The film shot in Chennai and Coimbatore was to hit screens on May 1st but will now release post-lockdown.
Meanwhile, Vishal also has his directorial debut Thupparivaalan 2 starring himself, whose first look poster was recently unveiled, in the pipeline. Recently, he was mired in a controversy, sparring with director Mysskin over the film. The director had also lashed out against the actor during a recent press interaction in Chennai.
The actor has also been distributing ration, food, and essential items through his ‘Makkal Nala Iyakkam’ and ‘Devi Arakattalai’ to those in crisis across Tamil Nadu. The actor has reportedly supported about 5000 people including trans women, daily wagers of the film industry, ‘Nadigar Sangam’ actors, and health workers through this.
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