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Rana Daggubati’s Nene Raju Nene Mantri to release in Tamil on September 22

Rana Daggubati’s political drama Nene Raju Nene Mantri will release in Tamil as Naan Aanaiyitaal on September 22.

regional movies Updated: Sep 16, 2017 14:32 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Rana Daggubati in a scene from Nene Raju Nene Mantri.

After striking gold in Telugu, Rana Daggubati’s political drama Nene Raju Nene Mantri is slated for release in Tamil as Naan Aanaiyitaal on September 22. The film was supposed to have a simultaneous release in Telugu and Tamil. However, due to reasons unknown its Tamil release was deferred and now has confirmed to hit the screens next week. The film has been inspired from the ideologies of late Tamil Nadu chief minister and actor MG Ramachandran.

When released in Telugu, the film had a three way box-office battle with Jaya Janaki Nayaka and Lie. If you’re wondering how it managed to do well at the ticket window, despite the stiff competition, the film was made on a low cost and Rana’s father is one of the producers. It is rumoured that the Baahubali star didn’t take his remuneration and chose to release the film through his home banner, taking sole responsibility of success and failure. Luckily, the trade paid off handsomely for Rana. Setting the cash registers on fire, the film had made over Rs 30 crore (gross) in its first week in cinemas and recovered its production cost from Telugu states alone. According to trade pundits, the film earned a share of over Rs 17 crore from its first week and thanks to its low production cost, entered the profit zone in no time.

Directed by Teja, the film’s success has given him a new lease of life. The film’s story is about what happens when a simple moneylender from a small town is pushed to the brink by those in power. Rana played a politician and his grey-shaded character Radha Jogendra was very well received among audiences. Also starring Kajal Aggarwal, Catherine Tresa and Ashutosh Rana, the film is the biggest non-Baahubali first week grosser for Rana.

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First Published: Sep 16, 2017 14:32 IST