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Arjun Reddy Tamil remake: Makers still on the hunt for heroine, likely to shoot from March

The makers of Tamil remake of Arjun Reddy are yet to zero in on a leading lady for the film, however, the team expects to begin shooting from March.

regional movies Updated: Feb 14, 2018 15:06 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Arjun Reddy Tamil remake shoot to begin from March and will star Dhruv Vikram in the lead.
Arjun Reddy Tamil remake shoot to begin from March and will star Dhruv Vikram in the lead.

It’s been a few months since it was announced that Tamil actor Vikram’s son Dhruv Vikram will be making his acting debut with upcoming project Varma, the Tamil remake of last year’s Telugu drama Arjun Reddy. To be directed by National award-winning director Bala, the makers are yet to zero in on the leading lady and the process is taking longer than expected. Apparently, Bala is keen on only roping in a newcomer for the role and his team is on the lookout for someone suitable.

“A few actresses including Shalini Pandey, who was part of the original and Shriya Sharma, have been considered so far but Bala sir wasn’t really happy with the choices. He wants to cast someone new and he’s been on the lookout for a while. He’s also been busy with the release of Naachiyaar, and hence, this process is taking more time. The team is hopeful of finding a female lead by this month-end and plan to commence shooting from mid-March. The pre-production work has been going on for the last two months,” a source told Hindustan Times, confirming that National award-winning director Raju Murugan has been brought on board to pen the dialogues.

“Bala sir really liked Murugan’s Joker. He expressed his interest to work with him soon after he watched Joker. So when he commenced work on Varma, he reached out to Murugan and requested him to write the dialogues.” Murugan had penned dialogues for Karthi and Nagarjuna starrer Thozha, a Tamil adaptation of French film The Intouchables. Murugan was also signed to pen the dialogues for Mariyappan, the biopic on Indian Paralympic high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu which never took off.

The project will be bankrolled by E4 Entertainment, producers of films such as Ezra and Godha. When the project was announced last year, producer Mukesh Mehta thanked Vikram for placing his faith in them to launch his son through a Facebook post. In a recent media interaction in Hyderabad, Vikram said he was planning to launch his son in a couple of years. “But when I saw Arjun Reddy, I was completely blown away and I felt it’d be the perfect project to launch Dhruv, and I couldn’t think of anyone else but Bala sir to direct. When I requested him, he gladly accepted,” Vikram said. Arjun Reddy, a contemporary take on Devdas, portrayed love and suffering in its most raw and honest form, winning over audiences across all classes. The film is all set to be remade in Hindi with Shahid Kapoor.

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