Indian star Shruti Haasan will headline India-U.Okay. movie co-production “Chennai Story.”
Haasan, who can be a famend musician, has performing credit throughout India’s numerous language movie industries and within the U.S. and U.Okay. In 2023, she was one of many leads in “Salaar,” one among India’s largest hits of the 12 months, and led British thriller “The Eye.” In 2019, she had a key function in USA collection “Treadstone.”
Tailored from Timeri N. Murari’s bestselling 2004 novel “The Preparations of Love,” “Chennai Story” is a coming-of-age romantic comedy set towards the backdrop of Wales and India the place Haasan takes on the pivotal function of Anu, a spunky non-public detective. The function was beforehand imagined to be performed by Samantha Ruth Prabhu who’s now taking a 12 months’s sabbatical on account of well being causes. The forged additionally consists of Viveik Kalra, who was the lead in “Blinded by the Mild” and is at the moment in Netflix heist thriller “Elevate.”
The movie is written and directed by BAFTA winner Philip John (“Downton Abbey”) and co-written by British Sri Lankan actor Nimmi Harasgama, who performed the feminine lead in “Humorous Boy.” “Chennai Story” is an English-language movie interspersed with Tamil and Welsh. Cinematography shall be by Graham Frake (“Downton Abbey”), whereas Ciaran Thompson (“Willow”) is the manufacturing designer.
India’s Guru Movies (“Oh! Child”), the U.Okay.’s Ripple World Photos (“The Final Rifleman”) and Wales’ Ie Ie Productions (“Queerama”) are co-producing the movie that goals to be made beneath the bilateral U.Okay.-India co-production treaty. The movie is backed by the British Movie Institute‘s (BFI) U.Okay. World Display screen Fund.
“Shruti’s capability to effortlessly traverse between her Tamil origins to international enchantment, positions her as a flexible actress and a worldwide musician. She represents each side of ‘Chennai Story’ – a real reflection of the present younger Indian era,” mentioned Sunitha Tati, founder and CEO of Guru Movies.
Haasan added: “Hailing from Chennai, a narrative displaying the range and uniqueness of Chennai is so particular to me – collaborating with Phil is one thing I’m so excited to expertise, telling international and rooted tales by worldwide collaboration is what making cinema is all about. I’m all up for Sunitha Tati’s imaginative and prescient of taking a culturally-rooted story to a global viewers by ‘Chennai Story’.”
John mentioned: “I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the extremely proficient Shruti, on an emotional curler coaster of a narrative set in Chennai and Cardiff – two vibrant and multicultural cities. With the assist of BFI, this movie brings an entire new collaboration to worldwide movie manufacturing, whereas additionally bringing a recent, under-explored Wales and India to the massive display.”
Dominic Wright, producer and founding father of Ripple World Photos, added: “We’re thrilled that the multi-talented Shruti Haasan has joined the forged of this prestigious BFI-backed U.Okay.-India co-production movie. Shruti brings an thrilling, genuine, up to date edge to the function, and enjoying reverse rising British star Viveik Kalra shall be electrical on this genuinely authentic cross-cultural rom-com that we imagine audiences worldwide will enjoyment of.”