The Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster 96, which stars Shrawanand and Samantha who are reprising Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha's role from the original went on floors recently. Noted tollywood Producer Dil Raju who bagged the remake rights will be bankrolling the film.
To be directed by C. Prem Kumar, who helmed the original, the principal shooting of the film is expected to kick-start later this month while the major part of the film’s story is said to be set in Vizag and Hyderabad.
If sources are anything to go by, the makers have planned to shoot Sharwa's portions, who will be seen as a photographer, in the African country of Kenya. The Kenya schedule will last for 15 days after which the schedule will be shifted to Vizag and then to Hyderabad where it will be wrapped.
96 is also being remade in Kannada with Bhavana and Ganesh playing the lead roles. The Kannada remake is titled 99 as opposed to 96, and directed by Preetam Gubbi. 99 will be the noted music director Arjun Janya’s 100th. The first single from the Kannada movie, Heege Doora, was released recently and is going viral. The 99 album will have seven songs in total and the filmmakers plan to release every single separately as a part of the promos. Its cinematography is handled by Santhosh Rai Pathaje. The film is bankrolled under the banner Ramu Enterprises.
96, starred Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha as the lead pair which had a terrific run in cinemas, revolves around two childhood sweethearts who meet 20 years later in a school reunion and the events that follow. The film received widespread appreciation from film buffs, critics and film personalities. It is a C Prem Kumar directorial which had been bankrolled by Nandagopal under the Madras Enterprises banner. It may be noted here that director Prem Kumar was the cinematographer for Vijay Sethupathi’s hit movie Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom and 96 was his maiden directorial venture.
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