After the release of Karthik Naren's Maaran, Dhanush is moving forward and is all set to star in the upcoming film Vaathi. The action drama is written and directed by renowned Telugu director of Rang De fame, Atluri Venkateswara Rao, better known as Venkat/Venky Atluri, and is shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, the latter titled Sir. The film features Dhanush and Samyuktha Menon in the lead roles with P. Sai Kumar and Tanikella Bharani in supporting roles. The film also happens to be Dhanush's first bilingual film.

The film is bankrolled by Suryadevara Naga Vamsi and Sai Soujanya under the banner of their respective production houses Sithara Entertainments and Fortune 4 Cinemas with G.V. Prakash Kumar composing its music, National Award winner Naveen Nooli as its editor and Dinesh Krishnan as the film's cinematographer, who is known for films like Soodhu Kavvum, Sethupathi, Thegidi and Maara.

Actor Dhanush took to Twitter today to wish the director, Venkat Atuluri, who is currently celebrating his birthday today. The actor shared an image with the director which is now going viral all over the internet. In the photo, Dhanush is seen in a school boy's uniform sharing laughs with the director. Along with the image he also attached a caption that read, "Wishing a very happy birthday to venky atluri director of my first Tamil/telugu bilingual Vaathi / Sir. God bless you venky. Have a blast".

It is rumored that Dhanush will be playing a double role in the film - one is that of a student and the other is that of a teacher. The shooting and principal photography of the film started on 5 January 2022 and has been going on since.