Dhanush: Mercuri Group & Connekkt Media join hands, first film to feature Dhanush as music composer Ilaiyaraaja
The untitled film will delve into the life and achievements of Ilaiyaraaja, who is widely regarded as one of India’s greatest music composers. With a career spanning over five decades, Ilaiyaraaja has composed more than 7,000 songs for over 1,000 films. He has also performed in more than 20,000 concerts worldwide. In recognition of his contributions, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2010 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2018, which are the third and second highest civilian honors in India, respectively.
The production of the film is scheduled to begin in October 2024, with a release date set for mid-2025. According to the Connekkt Media and Mercuri Group, the collaboration between the two companies aims to explore new avenues in content creation, including streaming content, original IPs, and other formats. The partnership seeks to tap into the vast potential of the South Indian entertainment industry.
Speaking about the partnership, Varun Mathur of Connekkt Media said, “The Indian Media and Entertainment industry is at a very important juncture, with the next two decades poised for amazing growth. As a national studio, our partnership with Mercuri places us in a great position to deliver enthralling content to millions of fans in India and globally during this exciting phase.”
Sriram Bakthisaran, MD & Group CEO of Mercuri, said, “In Connekkt Media, we not only have a trusted partner for this venture but also a clear and strong understanding of the entertainment industry and excellent relationships with various stakeholders.”