A few months ago, rumours made headlines that Vijay Devarakonda, who rose to fame with the phenomenal success of Arjun Reddy, has signed a Tamil film with Mani Ratnam. While the authenticity of this report still remains a mystery, it was recently confirmed that he has signed his maiden Tamil project with director Anand Shankar.
The yet-untitled project will be bankrolled by Studio Green, the company behind successful Tamil outing such as Singam franchise, Komban and Suriya’s latest release Thaana Serntha Kootam. On Monday, the project was officially launched with a customary pooja in Hyderabad. The film will be simultaneously made in Telugu as well.
Not much is known about the genre of the film. However, it has been announced that actress Mehreen Pirzada has been signed as the leading lady. The project is expected to go on the floors from April.
Post Irumugan, Anand Shankar was planning on foraying into Telugu industry and is rumoured to have even explored a few opportunities. When things didn’t look positive, he approached producer Gnanavel Raja, who had been planning to work with him since the release of his first film Arima Nambi, an action-thriller which featured Vikram Prabhu and Priya Anand in the lead.
Meanwhile, Arjun Reddy Tamil remake is shaping up very well. Titled Varma, the film marks the debut of Vikram’s son Dhruv, who will reprise Devarakonda’s role of an alcoholic medical surgeon.
The project, which went on the floors last week in Kathmandu, is being bankrolled by E4 Entertainment, producers of films such as Ezra and Godha. On several occasions, Vikram had hinted that his son will eventually enter the industry. However, even he wasn’t sure whether he’d be interested in acting or direction.
Last year, Dhruv directed a short film called Goodnight Charlie, and it was about child abuse within a family. When the film came out, many assumed that he has directorial dreams and would enter the industry as a director.
It’s surprising that he has decided to don the greasepaint. However, it won’t be an easy debut considering the high expectations people will have on the remake, thanks to the popularity of the character Arjun Reddy, a contemporary take on Devdas. The film portrayed love and suffering in its most raw and honest form, winning over audiences across all classes.
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