Mani Ratnam finds replacement for Vairamuthu

We had recently reported that Mani Ratnam had dropped Vairamuthu from Ponniyin Selvan after the lyricist faced serious allegations in the #MeToo controversy.

Now it is learnt that Mani Ratnam and the film’s composer AR Rahman roped in Kabilan to pen two songs for the film and they have also completed the recording. Once the director returns from the ongoing Thailand schedule, Rahman will compose the remaining songs.

It is to be noted that Rahman decided to stay out of Vairamuthu even before Ponniyin Selvan. Vairamuthu didn’t work with Rahman’s recent albums like Mersal, Sarkar and Bigil.

Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Vikram Prabhu, and Aishwarya Rai are on board. Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Ashwin Kakumanu, Sarathkumar, Prabhu, Jayaram, and Kishore are also part of the ambitious Ponniyin Selvan project.

However, Vijay Sethupathi, who was rumoured to be part of the film, is missing from the official statement. Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies will jointly produce the film. Actor-writer Kumaravel of Abhiyum Naanum fame is co-writing the project with Mani Ratnam, while writer Jeyamohan will write the dialogues for the film, which based on the Tamil epic novel by Amarar Kalki.

Recently, fans slammed Mani Ratnam and A R Rahman after reports claimed that they had asked Vairamuthu to pen all songs in Ponniyin Selvan.

The news about lyricist Vairamuthu to work for Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film Ponniyin Selvan, started doing rounds. He will be penning 12 songs in the film and it will be composed by AR Rahman. However, no official announcement was made.

This move was criticised by their angry fans for working with someone who has been accused during the #MeToo movement. One of the Twitter users wrote, “Sorry….big Rahman fan but this does not do well. I really hope ARR steps down from this project. @Chinmayi has been fighting so hard and this is the time people of his stature need to take sides.”