Mani Ratnam who recently turned 64, is totally busy in his career with some highly promising projects in the pipeline. Recently, it was reported that the senior filmmaker is planning to direct a project before resuming the shooting of his upcoming magnum opus, Ponniyin Selvan. Reportedly, Mani Ratnam is planning to direct a sequel to his popular film Roja.
The latest reports published by a leading online portal, Mani Ratnam is joining hands with Arvind Swami, one of his most favourite actors for the sequel of the 1992-released movie. If the reports are to be believed, Swami will reprise his much-loved character Rishi Kumar from Roja, in the upcoming project.
Some unconfirmed reports also suggest that Dulquer Salmaan, the young actor has been approached to play a pivotal role in the Roja sequel, along with Arvind Swami. Dulquer has earlier joined hands with Mani Ratnam for the 2015-released romantic drama OK Kanmani. However, there is no official confirmation on any of these reports yet.
But, the sources close to the senior filmmaker suggest that he has already finished the scripting for the upcoming Arvind Swami directorial, amidst lockdown. Even though there is no official confirmation about the project being a sequel to Roja, it has been reported that the upcoming project will be a mature love story.
However, it is confirmed that AR Rahman, the close associate of Mani Ratnam will compose the songs and background score for the untitled project. The director is said to be planning to announce the project officially in a couple of weeks, and complete the shooting of the project in a single schedule.
As reported earlier, the shooting of Mani Ratnam’s dream project Ponniyin Selvan is currently put on hold due to the coronavirus threat and lockdown. The multi starrer, which is jointly produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, has been made as two parts and is expected to hit the theaters in 2021.