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Simbu's long-delayed Maanaadu finally on floors 


A political thriller, the film will see actor Simbu and filmmaker Venkat Prabhu collaborating for the first time.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Actor Simbu's upcoming Tamil film Maanaadu (2020), announced nearly two years ago, finally went on the floors on Wednesday. The launch ceremony was attended by the entire team. After briefly shooting in Chennai, the team will shift to Hyderabad to shoot a major portion of the film.

Manaadu, a political thriller, is the maiden collaboration between Simbu and filmmaker Venkat Prabhu. The project, which was announced with much fanfare in 2018, was shelved a few months later due to a fall out between the actor and producer Suresh Kamatchi.

The project was supposed to go on the floors last July after being deferred multiple times. When Simbu couldn’t take out time as promised, Suresh had to go ahead and drop the idea of making the film with him.

Right after the project was dropped, Prabhu had taken to Twitter to share a heartfelt post on losing the opportunity to work with Simbu. 

However, the project is back on track now and the team hopes to wrap it up in the next three months.

Kalyani Priyadarshan plays the leading lady in the movie. There was much speculation about Simbu's leading lady in the movie and actress Raashi Kumar's  was rumooured to have signed the project. 

The film also stars Bharathiraja, SJ Suryah, Karunakaran, Premgi Amaren and Daniel Anne Pope. Yuvan Shankar Raja will compose music. 

The rest of the cast and crew will be announced soon.