Dhanush is currently busy shooting for his upcoming period film, Captain Miller. The film is set in the pre-independence era and Dhanush will be sporting a retro look for the project. The film is helmed by Arun Matheswaran, who had earlier directed Selvaraghavan and Keerthy Suresh’s Saani Kaayidham. The film, which is being shot on a grand budget, is now billed as a pan-Indian project.
In a recent summit, the film’s producer TG Thyagarajan revealed why he decided to make the film on a grand scale and take the pan-Indian route. “Arun Matheswaran narrated two or three scripts to us and we zeroed in on Captain Miller. We thought Dhanush would be ideal for the script. We approached and after he agreed to get on board, we started the film.”
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Thyagarajan stated that he had immense confidence in Arun. “He might not have had many theatrical releases, but I liked his first film (Rocky) and his craftsmanship. I thought he has got tremendous talent as a director. When Arun Matheswaran narrated the script of Captain Miller, we thought this film could be made on a very big budget. And since the budget was big, we decided to make it pan-Indian.”
Talking about expanding the canvas of Dhanush through the film, Thyagarajan said, “It’s a period film and there are scenes where we are fighting against the British. We thought the subject would appeal to a pan-Indian audience. Moreover, Dhanush has been well accepted in all the languages. He even acted in Hollywood films. We thought we could expand the canvas with the film.”
However shooting the film was not an easy task. “There are many British characters in the film and we had to get talented artistes from overseas. The team went abroad in search of the actors, and organised the shoots according to their dates. We had a time frame in mind and didn’t want the shoot to get disrupted. All the artistes have cooperated well.” Thyagarajan added that they were looking at an October release.