Gautamiputra Satakarni
'Gautamiputra Satakarni' overseas distribution rights sold before completion of its first schedule Pictured: Gautamiputra Satakarni logo

The overseas distribution rights of Balakrishna's "Gautamiputra Satakarni" have been sold for a record price, just days ahead of the completion of the shooting of the film's first schedule in Morocco.

Popular distribution house 9 pm Entertainments has bagged the rights of ‎"Gautamiputra Satakarni The thrilled bosses of the house confirmed the news about bagging its international theatrical rights on its official Twitter handle on May 14. They tweeted, "#Official-We Bagged the rights of #GauthamiputraSatakarni #NBK100 . @DirKrish @manabalayya @cinemirchi @smkoneru."

"Gautamiputra Satakarni" is the 100th movie of Nandamuri Balakrishna and the actor has chosen a period drama for the landmark film of his career. The flick has been creating a lot of buzz in the media for the last several months. There has been massive hype surrounding this highly anticipated movie

"Gautamiputra Satakarni" was launched at a grand opening ceremony in Hyderabad on April 22. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Megastar Chiranjeevi, Victory Venkatesh and a host of prominent personalities from the film industry and politics attended its "Muhurtham" event. Its formal shooting began in Morocco, South Africa, on May 9.

The film unit has canned some important scenes of "Gautamiputra Satakarni" in Morocco for two weeks. The team wrapped up the first schedule of the film on May 23. TV9 reporter Jalapathy Gudelli tweeted, "Balakrishna - Krish's #GauthamiputraSatakarni has wrapped up its two-week long shoot in Morocco. Teaser will be release on 10th June in USA."

"Gautamiputra Satakarni" has been written and directed by Krish and produced by Saibabu Jagarlamudi and Y Rajeev Reddy under the banner of First Frame Entertainment. The fans of Nandamuri are eagerly waiting to see Balakrishna's look and getup in this much-hyped historical film.

The makers of "Gautamiputra Satakarni" have planned to release the first look of Balakrishna as a birthday gift to the actor on June 10. Idlebrain Jeevi tweeted on May 22, "First look of Balakrishna's #gautamiputrasatakarni will be released on the occasion of NBK's birthday on 10 June!!"

However, many celebs have praised Balakrishna for taking up this project. M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs, tweeted on Apr 22, "Congratulations 2 Nandamuri Balakrishna 4 making a film on life of Gautamiputra Shatakarni, d Satavahana emperor who ruled Telugu state wid Amaravati as his capital. Good initiative 2 make a film abt history of great ruler making young telugu generation know their history. (Sic)"