What To Expect From Vetri Maaran And Dhanush’s Vada Chennai, Film Companion

Vada Chennai is the third collaboration between director Vetri Maaran and actor Dhanush. Their earlier two outings, Polladhavan and Aadukalam, met with high critical acclaim as well as commercial rewards. Their accreditations from the National Awards mustn’t be forgotten too. Vada Chennai is their most ambitious project and also the costliest, at a rumoured budget of Rs 60 cr (Dhanush is the producer too). The film is a trilogy and the first part is expected to release for the Eid weekend in June.

Two first look posters were officially launched today morning. While the first poster features Dhanush getting out of a police van, in custody, the second presents a thrilling, adventurous setting in the sea with an intense looking Dhanush in the thick of action.

Director Vetri Maaran, in an interview to a leading Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, shared some insights on what to expect from the movie. Vada Chennai has an extensive cast that includes, Aishwarya Rajesh, Andrea Jeremiah, Ameer, Daniel Balaji, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Pavel Navageethan, Pawan to name a few.

What To Expect From Vetri Maaran And Dhanush’s Vada Chennai, Film Companion

A Few Exciting Details About The Film

– Along with the first part of the trilogy, the second part has also been shot extensively. The first part will mostly traverse the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Dhanush has many variations in his looks and body language.

– Dhanush plays Anbu, a carrom champion who is inadvertently sucked into the world of gangsters in North Madras. Vetri Maaran has reportedly said that Vada Chennai will change the way we look at gangsters. While a lot has been shot on live North Madras locations, a set resembling the Central Jail will also serve as the main scene of action.


– The first part will reportedly have 4 songs, composed by Santhosh Narayanan. This is his first collaboration with Vetri Maaran, who went with GV Prakash in his prior 3 films. Velraj is the cinematographer, a regular in the Vetri Maaran-Dhanush camp. Given the retro flavour of the film, there is a lot of scope for authentic period costumes; Amritha Ram is the costume designer. Some of the stills that have been released show Dhanush sporting double belts and baggy pants.

– Andrea plays Chandra and Aishwarya Rajesh plays Padma. While the former is Ameer’s pair, the latter gets to romance Dhanush. While Andrea has been with the team since the film’s inception, Aishwarya was a late entrant after the likes of Samantha and Amala Paul opted out. Vetri Maaran has said that he is pleased about working with proper Tamil speaking heroines, for a change.

In an interview last year, Dhanush called Vada Chennai a ‘gaja commercial’ film, hinting at a mass-friendly product. With Vetri Maaran in charge, it won’t be a ‘light’ film either.


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