Vanakkam Chennai is an Tamil comedy movie written and directed by debutant Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi. Produced by her husband Udhayanidhi Stalin under the banner Red Giant Movies, the film features Shiva and Priya Anand in the lead roles.
Ajay (Shiva), a Msc gold medalist, is in Chennai to find a job that suits his qualification. London-based Anjali (Priya Anand) comes to the same city to take up in a photography competition. Narayanan (Santhanam), a house broker, who dupes people by renting out unoccupied houses to individuals without the owner's knowledge. Ajay and Anjali become the victims of his scheme as they land with the keys of the same house.
Ajay and Anjali are forced to stay together as they are completely helpless. Initially, they fight and struggle to live in the house. But gradually, they turn friends. In the process, we are told thar Anjali is engaged to NRI Deepak (Rahul Ravindran). Even though he knows the truth, Ajay starts liking her. The problems that Ajay and Anjali face and how they overcome them is told in a comical way in Vanakkam Chennai.
Though initially Samantha Ruth Prabhu was to play the female lead in this movie, finally it fell on Priya Anand’s lap with Shiva roped in as the hero. Santhanam will appear in a crucial segment in the second half. The film's principal photography officially began on February 1, 2013 at ECR, Chennai.
The director also started working with an environmentalist Abdul to set up a system on the set to educate everyone on environment friendly projects.
The film's score and soundtrack is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The album was released on 27 July 2013 at Suryan FM and reached top spot in iTunes India Top Album category within few days of its release. The album consists of seven songs and he will be teaming up with Vishal Dadlani for Oh Penne song.
Also in the album are Singers Arjun, Vishal Dadlani, Hiphop Tamizha, Pragathi Guruprasad from 'Super Singer' & Hard Kaur. Lyrics for "Engadi Porandha" was written by Vignesh Shivan, director of Podaa Podi.
Trailer was released on September 6th and getting huge respone. The movie scheduled to hit theaters from October 11th '13.