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Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Projects Receive A New Lease Of Life As Vels Steps In

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A few days ago, director-producer Gautham Vasudev Menon took to Twitter to make a series of announcements about his upcoming projects.

The long-delayed Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta starring Dhanush and Megha Akash which began work in March 2016 is all set for release on November 29, 2019. The film which earlier faced several release issues owing to financial constraints now has been bought by Ishari K Ganesh’s Vels Film International who earlier bankrolled films like LKG and Comali, for release.

The director also announced his next film, Joshua: Imai Pol Khaaka starring Puppy fame Varun as the lead along with newcomer Raahei. The film touted to be an action-drama will hit screens on Valentine’s Day 2020. This film, whose first schedule has been completed, will also be bankrolled by Ishari K Ganesh under his Vels Film International banner. Earlier, the director had crooned a melody ‘Uyirae Vaa’ for the Varun-starrer Puppy which was also bankrolled by Ishari K Ganesh.

Director-producer AR Murugadoss took to Twitter to release the poster of the film.

Buzz in the industry was that this is Yohan: Adhyayam Ondru, an action-thriller announced in 2012 to be headlined by actor Vijay, later shelved. But the rumours were refuted by the director who tweeted, “JOSHUA is not YOHAN but an equally big idea that needed a big producer”.

The movie has Varun playing a hitman and a bodyguard who has to look after and protect a high profile woman who comes to Chennai from London. Varun has reporterdly been undergoing classes in martial arts in Paris from a Hollywood stunt director and his team. A teaser of Joshua has been made, which will be attached to Enai Noki Paayum Thotta when it releases on 29 November, reported First Post.

The director also announced that the Vikram-starrer Dhruva Natchathiram will hit screens soon. The film whose teasers did the rounds on social media is currently in its post-production stage. The film bankrolled by Kondaduvom Entertainment and Ondraaga Entertainment stars Anu Emmanuel, Parthiepan, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Simran, DD, Ritu Varma, Aishwarya Rajesh, Munna, Maya Krishnan, Sathish Krishnan, and Vamsi Krishna. Cinematography has been handled by Jomon T John, Santhana Krishnan, and Manoj Paramahamsa. Harris Jayaraj is composing music, Praveen Antony is on the edit and Rajeevan on art.

Meanwhile, director Karthick Naren‘s Naragasooran starring Aravind Swami and Shriya Saran is also due for release. It was shelved due to financial issues by Gautham Vasudev Menon, who was reportedly bankrolling the film. Replying to Gautham’s tweet, Karthick Naren said, “Some clarity on when this is gonna see the light of the day will be really helpful sir. And yes, this film is very very close to my heart!”.

Karthick and Gautham Menon were embroiled in a public argument over the release of the film on Twitter in 2018 as well.

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