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YS Rajasekhar Reddy biopic: Makers yet to finalise lead actors

Along with NT Ram Rao, YS Rajasekhar Reddy remains one of the most popular chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh.

regional movies Updated: Mar 08, 2018 10:08 IST
Mahi Raghav,Anand Brahma,Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Reddy with the two pilots (Captain MS Reddy in the middle) just before flying in the chopper in 2009. He died in an air crash the same year.(Capt MS Reddy’s family)

Director Mahi Raghav, whose Telugu comedy Anand Brahma was one of the low-budget hits of last year, is gearing up with a biopic next - on the life of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy, who passed away in 2009 in a helicopter crash. To be produced by Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy, the film is slated to go on the floors later this year and the makers are yet to finalise the rest of the cast. While some reports claim that Mammootty and Nayanthara have been signed to play the leading roles, Raghav has confirmed he’s yet to sign any actor.

“I’m nearly done with the script. It’s a very prestigious project so we’re taking things slow. We haven’t approached any actor yet and I only plan to after I’m done with full script. We have a few options but it’s too early to talk about them,” Raghav told Hindustan Times, and added that he’s thrilled to be associated with the project which will join the growing trend of biopic in Telugu cinema. As of now, four films -- Mahanati, biopic on NTR, biopic on Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy and the Gopichand biopic -- are in the offing. Mahanati, the film based on the life of legendary southern actress Savitri, is confirmed to hit the screens on March 30 this year.

In 2004, YSR was sworn in as the chief minister for the first time. It’ll be really interesting to see how audiences will accept and react to two biopics on the most fascinating politicians in the history of Andhra Pradesh.

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First Published: Mar 08, 2018 10:06 IST