Sudha Kongara Prasad began
writing a sports drama film on boxing. In mid-2012, she
approached Madhavan, who was on a sabbatical from Tamil
films, to portray the lead role in the film and his presence
in the project, helped take the financial viability of the
venture to a higher level.
Madhavan grew a thick beard and sported long hair for his
role in the film, while embarking on an intense body
conditioning regime in Los Angeles during 2013.
Reports erroneously suggested that Madhavan was playing a
role in another sports drama film, a biopic of the Indian
boxer Mary Kom, and he clarified that he was acting on a
separate film on boxing