‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’: Mani Ratnam’s next film has a rich ensemble cast

Music for the film will be by A.R. Rahman, while Vairamuthu will be handling the lyrics.

The last time director Mani Ratnam did a film with a star-studded ensemble cast was 14 years ago — Aaytha Ezhuthu. His next film, announced on Friday, stars a similar bevy of artistes.

The poster for the Mani Ratnam’s next movie, titled Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, was released on Twitter on Friday, but it is the star-studded cast that has gotten everyone talking. The movie’s poster has four lead actors — Arvind Swamy, Silambarasan, Arun Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.

Madras Talkies, Mani Ratnam’s production house and the co-producers for this film, gave out the rest of the list — Jyothika, Jayasudha, Prakash Raj, Thiyagarajan, Aditi Rao Hydari, model Dayana Erappa and Mansoor Ali Khan among others are also part of the film.

It was long rumoured that Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil would be working on Mani Ratnam’s next, but according to media reports, Arun Vijay seems to have replaced him. Similarly, media reports also said Simbu was brought in place of Telugu actor Nani who reportedly had had other commitments. Several reports added that Vijay Sethupathi would be playing a cop in the film.