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Tentatively titled ‘Jaan’, the romantic entertainer stars Pooja Hegde as the female lead.

The Prabhas starrer Saaho which hit the marquee recently has received largely negative reviews pan India, but the actor has moved on to his next, we hear. Director KK Radha Krishna Kumar, who is wielding the megaphone for Prabhas’s upcoming film, had confirmed that two schedules of the film have been wrapped up already. He had tweeted in April, “Done with the 2nd schedule of #prabhas20 #A classical tale of two timeless lovers set in the twilights of 1970’s Europe. #Prabhas2020.”

For the film, tentatively titled Jaan, Prabhas has reportedly started on a weight loss program. Apparently, the film is a romantic entertainer and the star is required to have a toned physique to suit the role. He currently has a strict workout schedule and diet plan, say sources.

Pooja Hegde has been roped in to play the female lead in this film. The film is being bankrolled jointly by Gopi Krishna Movies and UV Creations. It is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, with plans to release it for Christmas this year or early next year. Amit Trivedi has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick with Manoj Paramahamsa handling the cinematography.

According to the latest reports about Jaan, we hear that it is a big budget film. Reports suggest that the story is set in a European country and plans are on to recreate that location in the outskirts of Hyderabad. The construction of this set alone will cost its producers close to Rs 30 crore, say sources. Like Saaho, Jaan will also be a multi-lingual considering Prabhas’ pan-Indian appeal.

On working in a romantic film after a long gap, Prabhas had said that he wanted to shift his focus back to this genre as his fans feel that he hasn’t done such roles for a long time. It is also widely reported that before signing Sahoo, SS Rajamouli had advised Prabhas not to follow Baahubali: The Conclusion with an action film. He told the actor to work on romantic dramas before returning to the action genre again.

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