Actor Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has started shooting for her portions in Dhanush’s Maari 2 which is currently in progress in Chennai. Directed by Balaji Mohan, who directed the first part too, Maari 2 will have Dhanush reprising the original character and will have Sai Pallavi playing the female lead actor. Reports were doing rounds that Varalaxmi would be seen playing the antagonist in Maari 2 and will be the main villain in the film. These speculations started doing rounds after reports went viral that Varalaxmi will be playing the baddie in Vishal’s Sandakozhi 2 and also, played a character with grey shades in Sathya. However, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has quashed all these reports and said that she has not mentioned anywhere about her role in Maari 2 and also has clarified that it will be a very powerful role in the film. However, Varalaxmi did not mention the kind of role she would be seen playing in the film.
Maari 2 is the sequel to the 2015 release Maari which had Dhanush and Kajal Aggarwal playing the lead roles. The film was a hit flick in Dhanush’s career and the actor was seen playing a local goon with a handle-bar moustache. Dhanush will be seen reprising the same role in Maari 2. The film will have Malayalam actor Tovino Thomas playing the baddie and will mark his debut in Kollywood. “After ‘Tharangam’ and ‘Maradona’, this will be my third collaboration with Dhanush. I’m really excited to be part of the project. I’m looking forward to start working on this project,” Tovino had said recently. Tovino Thomas was the lead actor in Dhanush’s first Malayalam film as producer titled ‘Tharangam‘.
Maari 2 will be a bilingual and will be shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. However, it I not clear yet if the Telugu version will have the same cast or if any changes would be made. Maari 2 is expected to be released during the end of 2018.