With Ravanan making a lesser impact on the audience director Mani Ratnam is charging his battery for his next film Kadal. The shots are on fast track and the unit feels the film may hit the screens in Deepavali season. After taking a lot of time for roping in the hero and the heroine, Mani is making his efforts to complete the movie at the earliest not later than Deepavali. The cast includes Gautham son of Karthik, Samantha, Arvindsamy doing the father role. With music from AR Rahman and camera from Rajeev menon Mani is dealing with a sensitive sea shore theme. Currently he is on the shores of Tiruchendur and Thootukudi shooting the backdrop of sea. The first slots were shot in Manappad and continued in the adjoining locations. There is a smooth run of the shooting after the turmoil from the FEFSI strike. Mani has shot some of his special effect shots for song sequences there, said the crew. He has engaged technicians from Hong Kong and has planned to have the next schedules in Kerala and Munnar. If everything goes well, he will complete the film and make it ready for this Deepavali, said sources close to him. Writer Jeyamohan is taking up the responsibility of dialogue and he is injecting the native touch.