Blockbuster producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Galatta to talk about the release of Naane Varuvean, which he has bankrolled under his V Creations banner. Starring two-time National Award-winning actor Dhanush, the upcoming film directed by ace filmmaker Selvaraghavan features music by chart-buster composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and is set to open in cinemas on September 29. With Naane Varuvean's release locked, there has been considerable debate among fans surrounding producer Thanu's decision to bring out the film alongside Mani Ratnam's magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan: 1, which arrives a day later on the big screen on September 30. 

Addressing the reason for releasing Naane Varuvean with Ponniyin Selvan, Kalaipuli S. Thanu said, "Why are you thinking like that? You shouldn't imagine that. You think of it like I'm going alongside him as a shield. So, if a person wants to come and watch my film, but it ends up becoming full, he'll see that movie, right? Likewise, if that film's screenings turn housefull, people will watch my movie. They'll protect me and I'll do the same." He further stated, "There have been instances where four films have been released together. For example, everyone knows how huge the film 'Thalapathi' is. It was released alongside 'Guna'. And, I too released my film 'Vanna Vanna Pookka'l with them. This is not something that's happening only today. I was on the same ground thirty years back. It is important that the film travels on the path to success. That film is like my film. It is a film about Tamil, for the Tamil people and will be one that brings pride to Tamil Nadu. Why is this being looked at like a competition? He's coming in a perfectly-balanced manner. We too are coming with him."

In the interview, Kalaipuli Thanu was also asked about the reason for specifically choosing the September 29 release date for Naane Varuvean, with the producer revealing that it was zeroed in to not miss out on the Navaratri holidays. He said, "This date was fixed before. This is the month Asuran had released. It came out for Navaratri. This nine-day leave cannot be missed. I had fixed this date three months back. If I push the release date for another week, Diwali will be coming next. Who will face the trouble? Secondly, this is a film all people will watch. This festival is one such that people will watch all the films. Everyone will have money during this time. Should I release it when they don't have money?"

Watch producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu speak more about Naane Varuvean below: