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The film stars Mahesh Babu in the lead, along with Rashmika Mandanna, Aadhi Pinisetty, Ramya Krishnan and Vijayashanthi.

Mahesh Babu’s most-awaited Sarileru Neekevvaru will be releasing on January 12, right in time for Sankranthi. The news was confirmed by the team on Twitter.

Directed by Anil Ravipudi, Sarileru Neekevvaru is being bankrolled jointly by Anil Sunkara, Dil Raju and Mahesh Babu under the banner AK Entertainments, Sri Venkateswara Creations, GMB Entertainment. The film stars Mahesh Babu in the lead along with Rashmika Mandanna, Aadhi Pinisetty, Ramya Krishnan, Vijayashanthi, Rajendra Prasad, Rao Ramesh, Rohini, and producer Bandla Ganesh. Vijayashanthi took a break from acting for a few years due to her political assignments. According to reports, Vijayashanthi will be playing a medical college professor in the film.

In an interview to TOI, the veteran actor said, “Before I began shooting, I did feel quite nervous. I must tell you, it was such an unfamiliar feeling. Well, but everything else about the film industry has changed today. It all seems completely new to me. I felt like a kid on the first day of school.”

In the film, Mahesh Babu will be seen playing an army major. While the star has played a cop in a couple of films like Pokiri and Dookudu, this is the first time he will be seen as an army officer. The film’s title song was released for Independence Day this year. The 2.30-minute song describes the bravery of Indian soldiers and the Army’s victories against Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, the 1999 Kargil war, and the 2016 surgical strike.

The film’s music is being composed by Devi Sri Prasad, with R Rathnavelu at the camera and Thammiraju doing the edits.

Mahesh Babu’s last film to release in theatres was Maharshi in May this year. Directed by Vamsi Paidapally, the film received mixed reviews.

With Sarileru Neekevvaru's release date confirmed, an interesting box office clash is expected take place between Rajinikanth's Darbar, Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapuramlo and Mahesh Babu’s Sarileru. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, Ala Vaikunthapuramlo also stars Pooja Hegde. AR Murugadoss’ Darbar stars Rajinikanth and Nayanthara and is yet to confirm its release date.