Tentatively titled ‘Phantom’, the film will be directed by Anup Bhandari.

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Kiccha Sudeep and director Anup Bhandari are working on a new project that is tentatively titled Phantom. Manjunath Gowda, a close associate of Sudeep, will be bankrolling the film under his banner.

Reports suggest that Anup floored Sudeep with such an impressive script that the actor decided to shelve Billa Ranga Baashaa, which was announced earlier. The groundwork for Phantom is on and the team is scouting for a suitable female lead to star opposite Sudeep.

According to sources in the know, Samantha Akkineni is the hot contender to play the heroine in Phantom, but she is yet to sign on the dotted line. Incidentally, Sudeep and Samantha have worked together in the smash hit movie Eega / Naan Ee, which was directed by SS Rajamouli.

Recently, there were reports of Samantha turning down an offer to star in a Bollywood flick. The makers of the Hindi remake of U Turn were keen on casting Samantha but the actor reportedly refused the offer. In fact, she had played the lead role in the Telugu version of this hit movie, which was itself a remake of the Kannada blockbuster of the same name. With Samantha turning down the Bollywood offer, it needs to be seen if she would take up the offer to debut in the Kannada film industry.

Meanwhile, Sudeep’s next Kannada film awaiting release is Kotigobba 3. While he himself has penned Kotigobba 3, it is directed by debutant Shiva Karthik. Arjun Janya is composing music for this venture while Shekar Chandru is handling the camera. Madonna Sebastian will be playing the female lead in this flick, with Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani in an important role.

Samantha is expecting the release of the Telugu remake of 96. We hear that the shooting has been wrapped up and it is currently in the post-production mode. The film is directed by C Prem Kumar, who had directed the original. It stars Sharwanand and Samantha in the lead roles. Ace producer Dil Raju is bankrolling the venture under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations. Samantha is also gearing up for her debut in the digital platform.

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