Even before he made his debut directorial venture, Dhanush-Divya Spandana starrer, Polladhavan, director Vetrimaran was supposed to direct a film titled Desiya Nedunchalai featuring Dhanush in lead. After he found trouble finding producers with A. M. Rathnam and Salem Chandrasekhar leaving the project after initial interest, Dhanush’s sister Dr. Vimala Geetha agreed to produce the film, but she also dropped the film. Dhanush’s father Kasthuri Raja finally agreed to produce the film and Kirat Bhattal was signed as heroine, while Harris Jayaraj was selected as music director. However, after two days of shoot the film was shelved.
Though Vetrimaran earned acclaim in his very first film Polladhavan, the script and the title of Desiya Nedunchalai was very much in his mind. In the meantime, Vetrimaran had also completed his second film starring Dhanush again the form of Aadukalam. The film went on to bag many national awards including the national award for ‘best director’ and ‘best screen-play writer’ for Vetrimaran besides the ‘best actor’ award for Dhanush.
Now that he has already launched Vada Chennai starring Simbu in the lead, Vetrimaran was planning to make Desiya Nedunchalai, after completing the Simbu-starrer. It was then that he and his crew came across advertisements in leading regional newspapers that a film with the same title was in the making starring the ever-irritable ‘power-star’ Srinivasan.
Queries with the Producers’ Council revealed that Vetrimaran’s aides didn’t renew the title with the Council though they had already registered the same in Vetrimaran’s name. Using it cleverly, Srinivasan had reportedly got the title registered in his name. Vetrimaran has now told his aides not to try to get the title back and has told them clearly that they need not bother about anything even remotely connected to ‘power-star’!