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Actress Shruti Haasan will be headlining the India-UK film co-production `Chennai Story.` She said that she is all ready to take forward a culturally-rooted story to an international audience. `Chennai Story` is an English-language film interspersed with Tamil and Welsh.

Shruti said, “Hailing from Chennai, a story showing the diversity and uniqueness of Chennai is so special to me – collaborating with Phil is something I`m so excited to experience, telling global and rooted stories through international collaboration is what making cinema is all about. I’m all up for Sunitha Tati’s vision of taking a culturally-rooted story to an international audience through `Chennai Story`.”

Shruti, who is also a renowned musician, has acting credits across India`s various language film industries. In 2023, she was one of the leads in `Salaar,` one of India`s biggest hits of the year, and led British thriller `The Eye`. In 2019, she had a key role in US series `Treadstone`, reports Variety.

Adapted from Timeri N. Murari`s bestselling 2004 novel `The Arrangements of Love`, `Chennai Story` is a coming-of-age romantic comedy set against the backdrop of Wales and India where Haasan takes on the pivotal role of Anu, a spunky private detective. The role was previously supposed to be played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu who is now taking a year`s sabbatical due to health reasons.

The cast also includes Viveik Kalra, who was the lead in `Blinded by the Light` and is currently in Netflix heist thriller `Lift.` The film is written and directed by BAFTA winner Philip John `Downton Abbey` and co-written by British Sri Lankan actor Nimmi Harasgama, who played the female lead in `Funny Boy.`

India`s Guru Films `Oh! Baby`, the UK`s Ripple World Pictures `The Last Rifleman` and Wales` Ie Ie Productions `Queerama` are co-producing the film that aims to be made under the bilateral UK-India co-production treaty. The film is backed by the British Film Institute‘s (BFI) UK Global Screen Fund.

“Shruti`s ability to effortlessly traverse between her Tamil origins to global appeal, positions her as a versatile actress and a global musician. She represents every aspect of `Chennai Story` – a true reflection of the current young Indian generation,” said Sunitha Tati, founder and CEO of Guru Films, reports Variety.

John said, “I`m thrilled to be teaming up with the incredibly talented Shruti, on an emotional roller coaster of a story set in Chennai and Cardiff – two vibrant and multicultural cities.

“With the support of BFI, this film brings a whole new collaboration to international film production, while also bringing a fresh, under-explored Wales and India to the big screen.”

Dominic Wright, producer and founder of Ripple World Pictures, added, “We are thrilled that the multi-talented Shruti Haasan has joined the cast of this prestigious BFI-backed UK-India co-production film.

“Shruti brings an exciting, authentic, contemporary edge to the role, and playing opposite rising British star Viveik Kalra will be electric in this genuinely original cross-cultural rom-com that we believe audiences worldwide will delight in.”

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