Legendary Telugu filmmaker Kodi Ramakrishna, who has over 100 films to his credit, is currently working on the biopic of Puttaparthi Sai Baba, and it features Malayalam actor Sreejith Vijay in the title role.
Being made with the support of members from Sai Baba’s mission, nearly 40 percent of the ambitious project has already been shot. Ramakrishna plans to release the film in as many Indian languages as possible because of the godman’s popularity.
“It took me over 5 years to get this project started. It wasn’t easy to find a producer and more importantly the right actor for the lead role. Initially, Malayalam actor Dileep was really excited to be part of the project and I was equally elated. However, I feared that his star image might come in the way of the character and I may have to make changes to satisfy him as well as his fans. Hence, I skipped the idea of working with him and instead roped in Sreejith, who is relatively lesser known,” Ramakrishna told The News Minute.
With another five months of the shoot left, Ramakrishna hopes to release the film early next year. It will have a wide theatrical release, he assured.
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