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Chiranjeevi goes clean shaven for Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy; here’s why

The film went on the floors towards the end of last year and Chiranjeevi was seen sporting thick beard and twirled moustache.

regional movies Updated: Jan 15, 2018 13:59 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Chiranjeevi’s clean-shaven look has fans speculating about the actor’s look in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy.

Megastar Chiranjeevi’s next big release is period drama Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, a film which will retell the epic story of Kurnool-based freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. The film went on the floors towards the end of last year and Chiranjeevi was seen sporting thick beard and twirled moustache. As the makers are getting ready for the second schedule from February, Chiranjeevi made a public appearance over the weekend in a clean shaven look, much to the surprise of his fans. This paved way to rumours that he might shoot a portion of the film in clean shaven avatar.

According to reliable sources, Chiranjeevi’s current look was for prosthetic scanning which is required to shoot the visual effects portion in the film. Apparently, he will grow back his beard and moustache before going on sets for the next schedule. Being directed by Surender Reddy, the film features ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Kannada superstar Kichcha Sudeep, Nayanthara and Jagapathi Babu in pivotal roles. To play the titular role, Chiranjeevi is believed to have gone on a special diet to shed some kilos and look the part. “He went on a crash diet under the supervision of a Bombay-based trainer who was flown down and worked closely with Chiranjeevi sir for over a month. He shed some weight and also worked out to look fit,” a source told Hindustan Times.

There’s been tremendous buzz for the project ever since it was announced. However, the recent exit of AR Rahman caused the team a major setback. The composer opted out of the project, citing scheduling issues and the makers are yet to find a replacement. The industry grapevine is abuzz that composer SS Thaman, who had worked on the film’s motion poster, might be signed on to work on this prestigious project. Well-known lensman Rathnavelu will crank the camera.

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First Published: Jan 15, 2018 13:30 IST