Vettai Mannan is an upcoming Tamil action-thriller film written and directed by debutante director Nelson.
The film will feature Simbu, Jai, Hansika Motwani, Deeksha Seth and Poonam Kaur in lead roles. It is produced by SS Chakravarthy and features background score and soundtrack composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film is under production and is slated to release on Pongal of 2013.
In September 2010, Silambarasan announced that he had signed a new film titled Vettai Mannan to be directed by Nelson, a longtime associate of Silambarasan, who had been working with him in since Manmadhan (2004). During the filming of Podaa Podi in London, Nelson had provided a full script of his film to Silambarasan, who instantly liked it. Producer SS Chakravarthy was approached by Silambarasan, who too was impressed by the project and agreed to produce the film under his Nic Arts banner. Incidentally, Silambarasan had previously opted out of Linguswamy’s project, which was similarly titled as Vettai.
Silambarasan, however, clarified that the team wanted to name the film as Vettaiyan initially, but had to rename it, since the title had been registered by director P. Vasu.
Vettai Mannan is touted become Silambarasan costliest film, with the budget estimated at around 30-40 crores. Simbhu said that Vettai Mannan is a gangster flick made in lighter vein.
Besides Silambarasan, who would be playing a gangster, Jai had also been finalized to play a supporting role, before the film was officially launched. It was said that the film would feature three lead female characters, with Silambarasan stating that one of the roles would be essayed by a Hollywood actress. In April 2011 then, the actor mentioned that negotiations with a “top Bollywood actress to play the main heroine’s role” were in the final stages. Nelson and Silambarasan were keen to have Anushka Shetty in one of the roles but her dates were unavailable. Kareena Kapoor was approached by the team, but she demanded a too high remuneration. Deeksha Seth was eventually roped in to play Silambarasan’s love interest, portraying a “simple and bubbly girl”.
Reports suggested that the crew had contacted Amrita Rao and Piaa Bajpai regarding the two remaining roles; Silambarasan, however, confirmed, that neither of both would be part of the project. Poonam Kaur also joined the cast. Hansika Motwani was selected to play Maya, a female gangster and Silambarasan’s gun moll. AR Rahman was signed as the composer, while Silambarasan informed that a team from Hollywood would choreograph the action sequences.
Vettai Mannan was planned to be shot in the United States, Mexico and Chennai. Filming commenced on April 6, 2011 in Chennai. During the first schedule, the climax of the film was shot at Binny Mills. According to Silambarasan, the fight was filmed with seven cameras, with 60 fighters participating. In August 2011, two schedules were completed in a mere 20 days, where some action scenes and the lead pair – STR and Deeksha Seth‘s scenes were shot.