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Dhanush to work in Aanand L Rai’s next, confirms VIP 3 and reveals details about big-budget directorial

Dhanush has been working on his second directorial for a year now and is finally ready to take it to floors in August.

regional movies Updated: May 22, 2018 12:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Dhanush was at the Cannes to promote his upcoming European film The Extraordinary Journey of Fakir.

Actor-director Dhanush is a busy man, racing from one project to another.

Recently, he unveiled the poster of his Hollywood film, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, at Cannes. He is also looking forward to the release of Vada Chennai with Vetrimaaran, while wrapping up work on Maari 2. Dhanush is also preparing to begin his second directorial venture. Amid all this, the actor recently revealed that he will also be working on Aanand L Rai’s film next in Bollywood.

What’s more, Tamil audiences can look forward to the next film under VIP franchise.

Dhanush revealed in an interview to Bharadwaj Rangan that he will be doing the Aanand L Rai film, however, refused to elaborate as it was way to early. He said, “I think they are looking to release Zero in December, so the pre-production work on my film will only begin then.”

He also revealed that VIP 2 was a profitable venture, which is why they are looking forward to adding another film under the franchise. “We are looking for ideas, so yes, VIP 2 will happen.”

One of the interesting things that he spoke about was his next directorial venture. He spent almost one year on pre-production for his next directorial. The long time spent is a lesson that the actor learnt from his stint with the western film industry. He said, “One must spend time and make all decisions during pre-production, which will lead to a smooth execution. This will save money and time. In fact, many were restless and asked me why I was spending so much time on pre-production for my project, and explained that things could be done on the set. I had to tell them that those decisions on the set involve money and put my foot down.”

Dhanush did not reveal too much about his directorial, but did say that they would begin work in August. He said that the film is going to be a big-budget film unlike Pa Paandi. “A Rs 100 crore budget film, we have compressed it during pre-prod to make it in under Rs 70 crore. Also, Rs 70 crore is not my market. So we had to think of the other markets that can explored -- be it the north, Telugu, Malayalam or international. We wanted to see the project on table. In fact, it is now on Rs 4-5 crore profit,” he explained further.

Dhanush’s production venture, Kaala is set to hit screens on June 7.

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First Published: May 22, 2018 12:05 IST