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Dhanush's speech about Simbu in Vada Chennai press meet

A press meet for a coming of age gangster movie Vada Chennai happened in Chennai today. Speaking at the event Dhanush revealed that Simbu was supposed to do Vada Chennai but the project didn't take off due to some reason. 

"Vada Chennai is a journey that started way back around 2003-04. After Polladhavan, when we had the question of what film to do next, both Vetri Maaran and I were clear that we didn't have to market to do a big budget film like Vada Chennai. Plus it is like a 1000 page story and Vetri clearly knew he wasn't ready to pull off a project like that during 2007. 

Then after doing Aadukalam, the question again popped our mind on when we are going to do Vada Chennai? Vetri insisted that since we are doing films back to back, we can take a break and do a film together after some time. 

One fine day, Vetri Maaran called me and said he was going to do Vada Chennai with Simbu. I said 'super sir, romba nalla irukum, if I don't see myself in the film, then I see him. Then Vetri asked me to do the role of Kumaru which has a screen time of close to 30-40 minutes. I told him that, 'I am gracious to let Simbu do the lead which I was supposed to but not that gracious enough to take a support role in the same film.' Then due to some reason the project couldn't materialize with Simbu in the lead and eventually after all these year, I got to play the title role again."