Kabir Bedi to star in Balakrishna-starrrer Gauthamiputra Satakarni

  • IANS, Chennai
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 16:58 IST
Kabir Bedi will star in Telugu film Gauthamiputra Satakarni, the story of an unsung Satavahana ruler from the 1st century AD. (YouTube Grab)

Bollywood’s original international star Kabir Bedi, known for his Italian TV series Sandokan and James Bond flick Octopussy, will soon be starring in a Telugu film starring Nandamuri Balakrishna. The period drama titled Gauthamiputra Satakarni will see Kabir essay an important role.

“Kabir Bedi plays a very important role and he will join the first schedule in Morocco, where we plan to shoot for about 2-3 weeks from May 9 onwards. In this schedule, one of three major war sequences of the film will be shot,” said film’s producer Rajeev.

After wrapping the Morocco schedule, the makers will return to India.

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“We haven’t decided yet if we want to go back and shoot another schedule in Morocco. We’d like to see the rushes of the first schedule and then take a call. Moreover, it’s getting very expensive to shoot there, so we need to plan accordingly,” he said.

To be directed by National award-winning filmmaker Krish, the film is about the story of an unsung Satavahana ruler from the 1st century AD. Veteran actor Hema Malini will play Balakrishna’s mother in the film, which will have music by Devi Sri Prasad.

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The film’s leading lady is yet to be finalised. “We had approached Nayanthara and she seemed interested. However, she has no dates till September and we couldn’t afford to wait for that long. The heroine is only required in the third schedule,” said Rajeev, adding that they will zero in on the heroine in the next 3 to 4 weeks.

Contrary to rumours, the project will not mark the cinematic debut of Balakrishna’s son Mokashagna.

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