It is a big day for the fans of megastar Chiranjeevi as his comeback movie has finally taken off on Friday, April 29. The film, which has been referred to as "Chiru 150," is tentatively titled, "Kaththilantodu."
The makers organised a simple event to launch the film at Chiranjeevi's residence in Hyderabad. The whole family, including Allu Arjun and his father Allu Aravind, was present on the occasion. But the megastar's younger brother Pawan Kalyan was missing. The movie was kicked off with a formal pooja on Friday afternoon.
Chiranjeevi's son, actor Ram Charan Teja, is producing the movie under the banner of Konidela Production Company. The cast and crew of the movie has not been revealed yet. It is confirmed that Devi Sri Prasad and Rathnavelu have been signed up to handle the music and cinematography departments, respectively. Reports that Nayanthara had been approached to play the female lead role have been recently denied by the actress.
It was also reported that Chiranjeevi wanted to start his 150th film in June, but he could not find an auspicious day for the launch. So the actor consulted a few pandits and decided to hold the muhurat on April 29. The date of the start of the film's shooting is, however, not known yet. "Once the film is officially launched, there is no need to wait for an auspicious day to start the shoot," a source close to Chiru recently told Deccan Chronicle.
However, the regular shooting of the movie will begin in June and it will reportedly hit the screens in January on the occasion of the Sankranti festival. The makers have plans to organise a grand event to announce the commencement of the shooting.
The upcoming film will be directed by VV Vinayak, who had earlier worked with Chiranjeevi in the blockbuster, "Tagore," which was a remake of AR Murugadoss' Tamil film, "Ramanaa."
"Chiru 150" is the remake of the Tamil blockbuster "Kaththi," which was also a creation of AR Murugadoss. The Kollywood version had starred Vijay, Samantha and Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead roles. The story deals with the plight of farmers and the powerful nexus of the media, politicians and businessmen. How a petty thief takes on the powerful establishment forms the crux of the story.
The megastar had bid goodbye to acting in 2007 after entering politics. But he did cameo appearances in Ram Charan Teja's films like "Magadheera" and "Bruce Lee."