Maanadu, directed by Venkat Prabhu was almost scrapped due to varied reasons. But, the team is back in full form and the ground works are going on in full swing. The production venture of Suresh Kamaatchi has Simbu playing the lead role and Kalyani Priyadarshan playing the female lead. Apart from them, senior directors SA Chandrasekhar and Bharathiraja will also play prominent roles. Another important update from the team is that the lead man is all set to play a Muslim character in the film, the first in his long career. The director also requested fans of Simbu to suggest a name for the character and fans would stand a chance of over looking the shoots for a day if they win the naming contest.