Mani Ratnam is preparing for his next movie sans hype. The ace filmmaker is busy with the pre-production work of his forthcoming multi-lingual flick, which is likely to go on floors by the end of this year. 

Earlier, reports were doing the rounds that the movie's shooting will begin in September. But a trusted source is supposed to have said recently the shooting of the movie will begin in December.

Currently, Mani Ratnam is fully occupied with the pre-production work and the finalisation of his cast and crew for the movie.

Dulquer Salmaan, Karthi, Shruthi Haasan in Mani Ratnam movie
Rumours are that Mani Ratnam has signed his "OK Kanmani" actor Dulquer, Karthi and Shruti Haasan for his upcoming movieFacebook/ Karthi/ Dulquer/ Shruti Haasan

The movie stars Karthi, who worked as an assistant for the filmmaker in "Aayudha Ezhuthu", and Malayalam actor Dulqueer Salmaan in the lead roles. Shruti Haasan will be playing the female lead role in the movie. Apart from them, Mani Ratnam's trusted and tried music composer AR Rahman has been finalised to compose music for the flick.

Meanwhile, rumours are rife that the makers have zeroed in on the title "Komaali". It is said that the director has registered the name recently. Other details about the project are still under wraps. Mani Ratnam has remained tight-lipped about the project and yet to formally announce the name of the film. 

Mani Ratnam is back after the super success of "Ok Kanmani" starring Nithya Menen and Dulqueer Salmaan. The director returned to good form after back-to-back failures of his movies "Raavanan" and "Kadal".