A venture that has created massive expectations right from the moment of its announcement, ace director Pa. Ranjith's boxing film with Arya in the lead role rolled into production in January this year. Tentatively titled Arya 30, the film being produced under the K9 Productions banner has been speculated to be titled for a while now as Salpetta. The team had wrapped up the first schedule and were set to kick-off the second leg of filming when the nationwide lockdown was imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic crisis. 

Arya 30 or Salpetta boasts of an interesting male cast apart from Arya as it also includes Santhosh Prathap and Kalaiyarasan in major supporting roles, with the trio engaged in intense workouts for their roles and characters in the boxing-based political sports drama. Likewise, actor John Kokken, who played one among the villains and henchmen in the pan-India blockbuster, K. G. F: Chapter 1, had also landed a role in the forthcoming Pa. Ranjith film and has now posted a video of himself engaged in a workout session. Sharing a video of his workout on Instagram, John wrote, "Prepping for shoot post lockdown for my upcoming tamil movie #salpetta #arya30. Training in agility and core with @rakesha3044. Thanks @vasudha_aggarwal and @niranponnappa for the initial push."

All stars of Salpetta namely Arya, Kalaiyarasan, Santhosh Prathap and now, John Kokken, are going full-out in their preparations for their roles in the film, which will be Pa. Ranjith's next after the 'Superstar' Rajinikanth's Kaala in 2018. The film also includes Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari actress Dushara Vijayan playing the female lead, who revealed a while back that she was called in for an audition after the team had come across her picture on Twitter. She landed the role only after she cleared the audition. She also added that two look tests for her character from North Madras were done. The film includes music scored by Santhosh Narayanan, while Murali. G is handling the cinematography and National Award-winning stunt duo, Anbariv, are taking care of the action sequences.