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Vijay Devarakonda of Arjun Reddy to make Tamil debut with director Anand Shankar

Vijay Devarakonda’s Tamil debut will be a film directed by Anand Shankar, whose last film Irumugan with Vikram was a big hit.

regional movies Updated: Dec 23, 2017 13:12 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Vijay Devarakonda,Arjun Reddy,Vijay Devarakonda Tamil debut
Vijay Devarakonda played a talented yet deeply flawed character in Telugu hit Arjun Reddy.

Actor Vijay Devarakonda, who made heads turn with the controversial but highly successful Arjun Reddy, is all set to make his Tamil debut with director Anand Shankar, whose last big outing was Vikram starrer Irumugan. The project was officially announced by its makers Studio Green on Saturday via a poster.

The yet-untitled film, slated to go on the floors in a couple of months, will be made in Tamil and Telugu. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be finalised and it should take a few more weeks for the process to be completed.

It’s been a while since Anand has been thinking about making inroads into Telugu industry. “I’ve been thinking of exploring opportunities in Telugu industry. When I pitched this story to producer Gnanavel Raja, he suggested that we take it to Vijay and rest everything just fell in place,” Anand to Hindustan Times, refusing to not reveal much information.

A kissing scene between the lead star cast -- Arjun Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey -- became controversial.

While the genre of the film is yet unknown, Anand clarifies it won’t be a rom-com, putting the rumours that have been doing the rounds to rest.

Vijay’s Tamil debut will be keenly observed as there’s so much of pressure, post Arjun Reddy, on him to deliver. He’s expected to commence work on this project from early next year. In Telugu, he recently wrapped up work on two projects. He’s also rumoured to have signed a Tamil film with Mani Ratnam and this project might happen only after the completion of latter’s upcoming multi-starrer with Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh.

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First Published: Dec 23, 2017 13:02 IST