This week we saw several biggies from Tollywood, Kollywood and Mollywood grabbing the headlines. While Malayalam star Dev Mohan came on board to romance the gorgeous Samantha Akkineni in Shaakuntalam, blockbuster filmmaker SS Rajamouli recently started filming of the climax of his upcoming mega-budget venture, RRR. So, let’s meet the newsmakers of the week from down south… Also Read – Ram Charan’s wife, Upasana Kamineni, on his COVID-19 recovery; says, ‘1st 2 days were chaotic because we didn’t know what to do’
Samantha Akkineni to romance Dev Mohan in Shaakuntalam
On New Year’s Eve, filmmaker Gunasekhar announced his big-budget venture, Shaakuntalam, where Samantha Akkineni will portray the central character of Shakuntala. While the film, which is based on Kalidasa’s epic Sanskrit play Abhijnana Shakuntalam will go on floors soon, the latest updates suggest that the makers have zeroed in on popular Malayalam star Dev Mohan, who garnered appreciation and accolades for his performance in Aditi Rao Hydari starrer Sufiyum Sujatayum. Reportedly, the actor will portray the character of King Dushyanta in the film. Also Read – RRR: SS Rajamouli begins the shoot of the EPIC climax of the Jr NTR and Ram Charan starrer
SS Rajamouli begins filming the climax of RRR
The CLIMAX shoot has begun!
My Ramaraju and Bheem come together to accomplish what they desired to achieve…
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli)
Post the success of the Baahubali franchise, SS Rajamouli is currently busy with the shooting of his upcoming pan-India venture, RRR, featuring Jr. NTR and Ram Charan. While the introductory promos of the leading duo have already become a blockbuster on social media, the filmmaker shared a crucial update recently that he has begun the shooting the epic climax of the mega-budget period drama as the director tweeted: “The CLIMAX shoot has begun! My Ramaraju and Bheem come together to accomplish what they desired to achieve… #RRRMovie #RRR.” Also Read – From Master to RRR: These south biggies are set to shatter records at the box office
Arun Vijay to play the lead antagonist in Thalapathy 65
In December 2020, we saw Sun Pictures announcing their big-ticket venture with Thalapathy Vijay, which is tentatively titled Thalapathy 65. The film will be directed by Nelson Dilipkumar of Kolamavu Kokila fame and the music will be composed by Anirudh Ravichander. While fans are quite excited about this venture, the latest buzz suggests that Prabhas and Thala Ajith’s costar, Arun Vijay, has been roped in to play the lead antagonist in the film. The handsome hunk is most well-known for his performance in Thadam.
Chiranjeevi’s 153rd project launched
The Megastar of Tollywood, Chiranjeevi, who was last seen in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, recently launched his 153rd project, which will be helmed by Mohan Raja. The film is the remake of Malayalam blockbuster, Lucifer, which featured Mohanlal in the lead role.
Pooja Hegde wraps up the shooting of Prabhas’ Radhe Shyam
The gorgeous Pooja Hegde recently wrapped up the shoot of Prabhas starrer Radhe Shyam and celebrated it by cutting a cake. The first look and teaser has already created immense buzz among the audience. Directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, the film also stars Sachin Khedekar, Murli Sharma, Bhagyashree, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sasha Chhetri along with Sathyan and Priyadarshi in pivotal roles.