The long schedule of Mahesh Babuâ€™s upcoming film Maharishi is planned in the US and the team is gearing up to leave the country on September 10. Mahesh Babu will be flying down with the team and returning back two months later. Set in the US, a major portion of Maharishi will be shot there. Various locations in different cities across the country have been earmarked for the shooting.
The film is about three friends played by Mahesh Babu, Allari Naresh and Pooja Hegde. It also has veteran actor Jayapradha playing a pivotal role.
Titled Maharishi, the film is being helmed by Vamsi Paidapally and bankrolled by Dil Raju, Ashwini Dutt and PVP. The filmâ€™s shooting is currently in progress and Jayapradha will be joining the unit soon. Earlier, the plan was to release the film for Sankaranthi next year but due to some legal issues, the release date has been shifted to April 9 to cash in on the Ugadi weekend.
It may be recalled here that when the project began it was announced that it will be bankrolled by ace producer Aswini Dutt and Dil Raju under their banners. But PVP Cinemas filed a legal suit against the filmmakers alleging infringement of their IP rights and the issue was pending before the Madras High Court for several months. According to latest reports, it has been resolved through an out of court settlement and PVP has joined in as a co-producer.
Recently, rumours emerged that Maharishi could be based on some international series. When a fan pointed this out and asked Vamsi to clarify, the latter wrote on Twitter that the news is baseless as his film is not based on any series.
Mahesh Babuâ€™s last outing Bharath Ane Nenu, released in April this year, turned out to be a smash hit. The film was directed by Siva Koratala and featured the star as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the first time in his acting career.
Maharishi will be a landmark film in the starâ€™s career as it happens to his 25th film.
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