The industry grapevine is that the project was on the back burner for a few months as producer Madan, who had bankrolled Dhanush’s Kodi, hadn’t cleared his remuneration for a long time and that the latter gave up on the project.
On Tuesday, the film finally resumed shooting in and near OMR in Chennai. The film will be wrapped up by this year-end and the team is hopeful of releasing the film in February 2018.
“The film is back on track. The last schedule will be completed in the next couple of weeks. Dhanush has shaved off his thick beard for this portion. He plays a college student and will be seen sporting a clean-shaven look throughout the film,” a source from the film’s unit said.
Tipped to be a campus-based action drama, the film has music by Darbuka Siva whose identity was kept a secret for a long time. The makers promoted him as MR.X to create curiosity amongst fans. The idea paid off as the songs were extremely well received.
There were rumours that A.R Rahman was the composer of the album after the phenomenal response to the first single of the album. For months, the makers dodged every speculation and maintained secrecy about the composer’s name. Dhanush will wrap up this schedule and then grow back his moustache for Maari 2, in which he will be seen playing a dhoti-clad, mustache-twirling gangster. Sai Pallavi has been signed as the leading lady while Tovino Thomas plays the antagonist. Balaji Mohan will helm the sequel, which is slated to hit the screens during the summer of 2018.