just like Ponnyyin Selvan, Veera Yuga Nayagan Velpari written by Lok Sabha MP S. Venkatesan is a literary novel about a real Tamil king and has already been serialized in a popular Tamil magazine. The book known as Velpary is currently being adapted to make it into a movie, but there seems to be confusion over who exactly is involved in the movie adaptation.
As we recently reported, in August, actor Suriya during the audio launch of viruman had explicitly stated that he had started an “interesting new journey” with Velpary the writer Su. Venkatesan. Although Suriya refrained from giving exact details about the project, he said that a new announcement will be made soon on another stage. Venkatesan, who was among the guests at this 2D Entertainment event, then tweeted this part of Suriya’s speech.
— MP Su Venkatesan (@SuVe4Madurai) August 4, 2022
From Venkatesan’s first novel Kaval Kottam was adapted into a 2012 film titled Aravaanit was presumed that his second book Velpary is being made into a movie with Suriya or at least his production house 2D Entertainment.
Interestingly, director Shankar was also a prominent guest at this viruman audio launch, and recently there has been a buzz that he will lead the Velpary movie with Suriya. Shankar’s first known public connection to King Velpari dates back to his 2007 film Sivaji: the bosswhere he named two of his characters after the king’s daughters – Angavai and Sangavai [The way these characters were depicted i.e. using blackface has since faced backlash and deemed problematic].
However, reports are rife that the director is adapting Velpary with a completely different team. It is said that the Shankar met KGF actor Yash repeatedly to string him for the lead role and that he is interested between Yash and Ranveer Singh to play tribal royalty. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Pen Studios are also said to be backing the project with Netflix; The historical drama is reportedly planned with a massive budget of Rs. 1000 cr.
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 11, 2022
Meanwhile, the recently released Suria 42 movement poster tricks that Suriya is playing a Velpari-inspired character in the 3D period drama which is set to be released in 10 languages. It remains to be seen though whether director Siva is indeed inspired by Su Venkatesan’s novel or its protagonist based on the real-life Tamil king.