Chiranjeevi, who ruled the Telugu film industry before 2008 when he entered politics with the creation of his own regional party Praja Rajyam, is all set to return to the silver screen after a long gap of eight years. The former union minister and Congress MP began shooting his 150th film Kathilantodu on Thursday in Hyderabad.
The first scene was shot at a prison set. “The shooting has formally commenced from today. We all hope it will be yet another block buster in Chiranjeevi’s career,” film director VV Vinayak said.
Produced by Chiranjeevi’s son Ramcharan Teja under his family banner Konidela Productions, the film is a remake of Tamil film Katthi which was a super hit. The film essentially deals with the issues plaguing farmers. Popular music director Devi Sri Prasad is composing music for the film.
Chiranjeevi was last seen in Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007), a remake of super hit Hindi film Lage Raho Munna Bhai starring Sanjay Dutt as hero.
After faring badly in the 2009 elections, Chiranjeevi merged his party with the Congress in February 2011. He became a Rajya Sabha member in March 2012. In October 2012, former prime minister Manmohan Singh got the actor into his cabinet as the union tourism minister.
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