Adithya Varma

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Adithya Varma
Adithya Varma poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byGireesaaya
Produced byMukesh Mehta
Story bySandeep Vanga
Based onArjun Reddy
StarringDhruv Vikram
Banita Sandhu
Music byRadhan
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byVivek Harshan
Production
company
E4 Entertainment
Distributed byE4 Entertainment
Release date
  • 21 November 2019 (2019-11-21)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Adithya Varma is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Gireesaaya (in his directorial debut) and produced by Mukesh Mehta under E4 Entertainment. The film stars newcomer Dhruv Vikram and Banita Sandhu in the lead roles while Priya Anand appears in a supporting role. It is a remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017). The film was originally directed by Bala under the title Varma (later amended to Varmaa) and shot between March and September 2018; however, in February 2019, due to creative differences with Bala, E4 Entertainment decided to re-launch it with a new cast and crew; only Dhruv and music director Radhan were retained. The new version, titled Adithya Varma, began filming in March 2019 and ended that May. It is scheduled to be released on 21 November 2019.

Cast[edit]

Additionally, Priya Anand's Shih Tzu Bumblebee plays the title character's pet dog.[4]

Production[edit]

Original[edit]

In September 2017, it was announced that E4 Entertainment had bought the rights to remake the Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017) in Tamil and Malayalam languages.[5] The following month, Bala was chosen to direct the yet-untitled Tamil remake.[6] On 10 November 2017, the title was announced as Varma,[7] although it would later be amended to Varmaa.[8] Raju Murugan was chosen to write the dialogues.[9] M. Sukumar was selected to handle the cinematography.[10] Producer Mukesh Mehta said the remake would be 20 minutes shorter than the Telugu original.[11] Sathish Suriya was chosen as the film editor, after having earlier worked for Bala's Naachiyaar (2018).[12] Actor Vikram's son Dhruv Vikram was cast as the male lead, making his acting debut.[9] It would have been the debut for the Kolkata-based model Megha, who was chosen to play the female lead.[13] Akash Premkumar was chosen to play the lead character's best friend Ashok.[14] Other roles were given to Easwari Rao,[15] Raiza Wilson,[16] and Sandra Amy.[17]

Principal photography began in early March 2018 at Kathmandu, Nepal,[9] and a week later, after completing the first schedule there, the crew shifted to Chennai for the second schedule.[18] Shooting was briefly stalled due to a strike of the Tamil Film Producers Council, but resumed in April after the strike ended.[19] For the final schedule, the team shifted to Tiruvannamalai.[14] Principal photography wrapped in September 2018.[20]

New version[edit]

On 7 February 2019, E4 Entertainment issued a press statement stating that they would go for a complete re-shoot as they were not satisfied with the final cut provided by Bala. They added that the film would be relaunched with a completely new cast and crew while retaining Dhruv.[8] Bala decried these comments, saying it was his own decision to quit the film "in order to safeguard creative freedom" because he was asked to make changes.[21] This became the first such incident in Tamil cinema that the producer of the film refuses to release the film due to unsatisfactory final cut despite the completion of the film.[22]

Mehta said the new version would begin filming in March 2019 and would also have a new title.[23] Later in the month, Arjun Reddy writer-director Sandeep Vanga's assistant Gireesaaya was announced as the new director, making his directorial debut. The new cast and crew were also announced: heroine Banita Sandhu, supporting actress Priya Anand, and cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran. The new title, Adithya Varma, was announced on 19 February.[24] Anbu Thasan joined the cast in March as the title character's friend, replacing Akash Premkumar.[25] Principal photography for Adithya Varma began on 11 March.[26] Following the filming of a song sequence in Portugal in mid-April 2019, 65% of the film's shoot was complete.[27] Principal photography wrapped in mid-May,[28] except for three days of "patchwork shoot" which ended in July, during which time Ravi K. Chandran's son Santhana Krishnan was the cinematographer.[29] Vivek Harshan was the editor of Adithya Varma.[30]

Soundtrack[edit]

Adithya Varma
Soundtrack album by
Released22 October 2019
Recorded2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
ProducerRadhan
Radhan chronology
Boomerang
(2019)
Adithya Varma
(2019)
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Singles from Adithya Varma
  1. "Edharkadi"
    Released: 16 August 2019
  2. "Yaen Ennai Pirindhaai"
    Released: 23 September 2019

The soundtrack was composed by Radhan (the composer of the original film) with lyrics written by Thamarai, Vivek, Viveka, Sivakarthikeyan, Dhruv and Radhan himself.[30] Radhan had signed the project when it was titled Varmaa,[31] and was retained for Adithya Varma.[32] The song "Vaanodum Mannodum", written by Vairamuthu and sung by Vignesh G. for Varmaa, was released on 27 December 2018 as a single, but was not included on Adithya Varma audio release.[33]

Later, Aditya Music acquires the audio rights for Adithya Varma. The song "Edharkadi", written by Vivek, marks Dhruv's debut as a playback singer,[34] and was released on 13 August 2019 as a single.[35] Another single, "Yaen Ennai Pirindhaai", was released on 23 September.[1] The rest of the songs were released on 22 October.[36][37] For all the songs (with the exception of "Yaen Ennai Pirindhaai"), Radhan reused the tunes from his own compositions from Arjun Reddy.[38][39]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Edharkadi"Vivek, Dhruv VikramDhruv Vikram4:09
2."Yaen Ennai Pirindhaai"RadhanSid Sriram3:18
3."Dhooram"VivekaDhvani Bhanushali3:04
4."Yaarumillaa"VivekSid Sriram4:08
5."Kanaa"ThamaraiKrithika Nelson2:56
6."Amudhangalaal"ThamaraiPriyanka5:45
7."Idhu Enna Maayamo"SivakarthikeyanRanjith Govind3:22

Marketing[edit]

The teaser for Varmaa was released on 23 September 2018. It was widely ridiculed and criticised on social media,[40] while a critic from The New Indian Express called it "a failed attempt to remake the original".[41] The teaser for Adithya Varma was released on 16 June 2019.[30] It was positively received by a number of critics, in contrast to the teaser for Varmaa.[42][43][44][45] The official trailer of the film was unveiled by E4 Entertainment on 22 October 2019.[46]

Release[edit]

Adithya Varma was initially scheduled to release on 8 November 2019.[47] In a turn of events, the makers postponed the release due to unknown reasons and did not initially reveal the new release date. Later, the makers announced that the film will be released on 21 November 2019; it was passed with an A certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification, though they were hoping for a U/A certificate.[48] Shakthi Film Factory acquired the film's Tamil Nadu distribution rights when it was titled Varmaa,[49] but E4 entertainment later acquired them for Adithya Varma.[50]

See also[edit]

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