Director Subramaniam Siva, who had directed Dhanush in Thiruda Thirudi and Seedan, is playing a crucial role in Vetrimaaran director Vada Chennai, which has Dhanush in the lead.
“Siva has started shooting and he is playing a don in the film. Though Daniel Balaji and Kishore are also a part of this film, Siva, too, has a substantial role to play,” sources said.
Vada Chennai is an upcoming Tamil gangster film written and directed by Vetrimaran. Produced as a trilogy by A. Subaskaran`s Lyca Productions and Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films with Vetrimaran’s Grass Root Film Company, it features Dhanush in the lead role with Vijay Sethupathi, Amala Paul and Andrea Jeremiah in other key roles.
The film had been in the news since late 2009 with an official announcement only made in November 2011 that the filming would commence by March 2012
After being temporarily shelved, the film re-materialised in May 2015 with a new cast and production started in June 2016.
In May 2015, Dhanush revealed that he would produce and feature in Vada Chennai and the venture would restart production in September 2015. Samantha and Andrea Jeremiah were revealed to be among the lead actresses, while Santhosh Narayanan would be the film’s composer after Dhanush had fallen out with Prakash Kumar.
The start of the project was postponed until 2016 as Dhanush completed his outstanding projects, with Vetrimaaran revealing that the film would be made in two parts and that the shoot would go on for over three hundred days.
In late 2015, the team held talks with actors Jiiva and Vijay Sethupathi about portraying other pivotal characters in the film, though neither actor immediately signed on.
Lyca Productions announced that they would produce the film in early 2016 and that Vada Chennai would be a trilogy rather than two films. Samuthirakani and Daniel Balaji were subsequently signed on to portray other pivotal roles.