It has been quite a while since we saw STR on the big screen and his last release was Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven which released in February 2019. His next outing happens to be Maanaadu, which is expected to give him a strong comeback. This political drama is directed by Venkat Prabhu and has music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film has got huge expectations among the fans and let us hope it satisfies them when released. Produced by Suresh Kamatchi, this film features an interesting star cast including S.J.Surya, Bharathiraja, S.A.Chandrasekhar, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Karunakaran, Premgi Amaran, Manoj Bharathiraja.

The film’s shooting has been stalled due to the global pandemic situation and let us hope that things get back to normalcy soon. Meanwhile, in a recent YouTube live interaction, Venkat Prabhu talked about a few interesting incidents that he shared with STR during the shooting of Maanaadu and during the initial stages of his career.

He said, “I’ve known Simbu since childhood and we have performed together in a few musical events. He is like a family and he has always been there for me. Right from Chennai 28, till date, he’s offered me so many ideas, suggestions and inputs to make my film appeal better. He was the one who suggested me to place ‘Saroja Samanikalo’ song towards the end in Chennai 28. He was the one who helped us to sell Chennai 28 in Madurai area.

After a long travel, we have got the opportunity to work together in Maanaadu. Even for Maanaadu, I just told him a very simple line, but he was so excited and immediately agreed to do the film and only after that, I narrated him the full story. There are different opinions about him among people. There were a few people who told us that he wouldn’t shoot on Sundays and during night.

But, we shot on a Sunday night from 6 PM - 6 AM at Ramoji Rao Film City and he was completely there with us. At times, he’d ask ‘En Sir Night-u pottu torture panreenga?’ (Why are you torturing by shooting in the night), but he’d finish it as per the plan. He’s a very comfortable and cool guy to work with. Even we ourselves were surprised by how he’s been portrayed outside by others. He turns up for shoot right on time and gives his fullest cooperation”. It is indeed good to know about these unknown incidents and it will surely make the fans smile. Check out the live interaction video below: