Cast: Arun Vijay as Velu, Tanishka as Anjali, Karthik Muthuraman, Prabhu, Santhanam, Riyaz Khan, Kanja Karuppu, Vijayakumar, Anu Haasan, Vagai Chandrasekar, Nizhalgal Ravi, Thiyagu, Shakeela
Director: A. Venkatesh
Music Director: Mani Sharma
The ‘Malai Malai’ duo is back. Buoyed by the response to their earlier venture, Arun Vijay and director A Venkatesh have
joined hands once again, this time for ‘Maanja Velu’. The film is a remake of Telugu blockbuster ‘Lakshyam’.
Produced by Feather Touch Entertainment, the film has ‘Peranmai’ fame Dhanshika playing the female lead. The shooting for
‘Maanja Velu’ is complete and Arun Vijay hopes that it would repeat the box office magic of ‘Malai Malai’.
Interestingly, the actor is sporting a bald look for the first time in his career for a crucial segment in the film.
“Although I was initially apprehensive about tonsuring my head, the director convinced me it would create a greater impact on
the story. Also, I knew this look has worked wonders in the past for many stars, including Superstar Rajinikanth in Sivaji.”
Yesteryear actor Karthik is making a comeback to Kollywood with ‘Maanja Velu’. The actor, who has been a part of the Tamil
film industry for over 29 years, portrays the role of a police officer and the brother of protagonist Arun Vijay.
Talking about his comeback, Karthik says, “It’s an emotional re-union with my peers. I don’t know why I drifted away from
acting for years. I want to thank Mani Ratnam for bringing me back to the industry in his film ‘Raavan’. It fetched me
“I didn’t want to sign up for any other film till ‘Raavan’ was released, but my good friend and colleague Prabhu persuaded me
to take up the ‘Maanja Velu’ role. Although I only appear in a guest role, it is a powerful cameo,” he adds.
Says the heronie Dhanshika, “I play Anjali, a college student, in the film. It is a bubbly role and I am part of not just the
romantic sequences but also the stunt scenes.”
“Director Venkatesh has made ‘Maanja Velu’ with the right commercial elements. I am confident that the movie would become a
blockbuster,” she says.
The film, which has Mani Sharma scoring the music, is scheduled for release this March 14.