In an interview for the release of Malayankunju, his next direct theatrical release as an actor, Fahadh Faasil opens up about the journey of Kumbalangi Nights, which played the lead role. Fahadh revealed that Shammi's role would be Dhanush's.

Unfortunately, the team was unable to do so due to budget constraints and actor commitments. Finally, Fahadh himself took up the role. While Fahadh released Malayankunja in theatres, Dhanush has a Netflix release with The Gray Man on the same date - July 22.